Carly Rae Jepsen is back and in full control with her single, “I Really Like You.” Truth be told, the Jepsen that popularized “Call Me Maybe” is in full display in the song. The singer managed to showcase her charismatically engaging inflections all throughout. Whoever Jepsen is referring to in the song, let it be known that people could potentially really, really, really like the song.
One thing noticeable, though, is the evident maturity of Jepsen’s vocals as the song progresses. She still sings about infatuation or falling in love, but it seems that Carly Rae Jepsen handled it more like a grown woman, rather than when she sang “Call Me Maybe,” where she appeared to be a kid just playing around. It’s a welcome development, as Jepsen would not be forever young and it would be virtually impossible for her to sing the same songs again.
As a single from her last album, “I Really Like You” only makes things exciting for Carly Rae Jepsen. Produced by Peter Svensson, the song capacitates the Canadian songstress to release a song that would not be poorly compared to her previous smash. Though not as flamboyant and showy as “Call Me Maybe,” this song was set to become Jepsen’s next summer defining hit.
Lyrically, it still tackles the theme of young people at the verge of falling in love. It’s probably not the intention of the song to dig deep into people’s emotions, but it nonetheless capitalizes on the funny and confusing stage in love where everything is just blossoming. In this case, Carly Rae Jepsen still succeeds in coming up with a track relatable enough so that people would listen.
Originality may be in question as the song sounds really dated. It’s something that probably Jessica Simpson or Mandy Moore would sing when they first started out in the business. However, this setback adds to the appeal of the song. It serves as a grand throwback to the good old days of the bubblegum pop era that canonized several pop songs that stay even after until today. Like those songs, “I Really Like You” may just even be a song that stays for good.