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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Canadian pop artist features a guest appearance from Electric Guest.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. May 17, 2019
    90
    Fortunately, Jepsen is just as committed to her music as she is to the ideal of true love, and the way she's grown without sacrificing her uniqueness makes Dedicated a master class in what a 2010s pop album can be.
  2. May 17, 2019
    80
    While it's hard to say whether or not it bests E•MO•TION, Dedicated does something arguably more important: as her first major work since 2015, it confirms both Jepsen's consistency and longevity as a songwriter.
  3. Jun 17, 2019
    80
    There could be an argument that a couple of edits to make the track listing shorter would have resulted in an even more effective album. However, this is easily one of the best pop albums of the year as it is: one that’s unlikely to be bettered unless a certain Ms Swift really pulls it out of the bag.
  4. 75
    Jepsen is best when she’s in celebration mode. ... There are times on Dedicated when overproduction overrides the pure, sincere vocals that made Jepsen’s EMOTION so beloved.
  5. May 17, 2019
    75
    While Jepsen has once again delivered a stunning hook-filled record that frankly gets catchier every time you hear it, Dedicated may not quite satisfy our lust for connection.
  6. Jun 4, 2019
    70
    Dedicated isn’t a perfect album--it’s overlong and occasionally concedes too much to chart tastes to be interesting. But by the time Jepsen takes a bow following bonus track “Party For One,” you’re reminded once again of her generosity, of all the space she’s cleared for strength and weakness, for personal epiphanies and communal release.
  7. May 17, 2019
    60
    Occasionally, as in “The Sound,” Jepsen musters enough feeling in her high, slightly raspy voice that you can understand why her fans view her with a kind of protectiveness; only Robyn does crying-in-the-club more vividly. ... But too much of “Dedicated” blurs together in a mix of lovelorn confessions and throwback grooves you’d have to listen to obsessively to differentiate. For some, that’s just the invitation they crave.

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  2. Negative: 35 out of 330
  1. May 23, 2019
    10
    Carly Rae Jepsen is one of the few gems who are giving us pure pop music that will stand the test of time. Incredible. While every song mayCarly Rae Jepsen is one of the few gems who are giving us pure pop music that will stand the test of time. Incredible. While every song may not be everyone's cup of tea, each one serves a purpose and that's what makes it truly great. Expand
  2. May 21, 2019
    10
    After having an album as flawless and critically acclaimed as Emotion, and with having albums that were quite subpar in her early career, itAfter having an album as flawless and critically acclaimed as Emotion, and with having albums that were quite subpar in her early career, it was easy to get nervous about what Dedicated would provide. With earlier released tracks Now That I Found You and No Drug Like Me having more of a stereotypical radio pop song sound, expectations weren't settled. Although, after the full album release, things aligned perfectly in Carly's favour and any anxiety present was settled.

    The tracks previously mentioned do fit in perfectly well when the rest of the album is realised. It's a similar idea to I Really Like You fronting Emotion. It may be better for radio impact, but not for critical eye until the theme shines through. Carly didn't explore a brand new topic for her songs, but why pick a new lyrical topic when you have one that is so vast and mysterious. Love is something that Carly knows well, and everyone else knows it well too. Relatability is one of the keys to great pop. Want You In My Room is perfectly 80s reminiscent for enthusiastic room cleaning. Too Much is emotionally raw, a rhythmic rainfall and incredibly catchy. For Sure is a great 14th track to settle the album down with, as vocals simmer at just the right length to let drums and elephant noises leave the listener at peace. I haven't heard a pop album this good since Emotion, and I can't wait to see what Carly does next.
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  3. May 17, 2019
    10
    That is a brilliant comeback . The pop style of Carly Rae Jepsen is so pure and comfortable. The rhythms are very creative and relaxing . BestThat is a brilliant comeback . The pop style of Carly Rae Jepsen is so pure and comfortable. The rhythms are very creative and relaxing . Best songs are Julien and Real love Expand
  4. May 29, 2019
    10
    An excellent album with exquisite production! She uses the album to show us pure pop music.
  5. May 18, 2019
    10
    A magnificent piece of pop music, with mixed influences, but still personal and cohesive. I don't know if it will top Emotion (or the evenA magnificent piece of pop music, with mixed influences, but still personal and cohesive. I don't know if it will top Emotion (or the even more incredible Side B), but for sure we are in for a great comeback. Expand
  6. May 23, 2019
    10
    I have to say, THANK U miss Carly Rae Jepsen, you're the only one that understand what pop music is. This album have soul, have a heart, thisI have to say, THANK U miss Carly Rae Jepsen, you're the only one that understand what pop music is. This album have soul, have a heart, this album denote what hard work is, you delivery bop after bop. THANK U POP QUEEN SAVIOR Expand
  7. Jun 3, 2019
    0
    Carly always does the same. Can u come with something else, girl? Please!!!!

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