Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 4

Carly Rae Jepsen is an under-appreciated pop icon. Somehow relegated to the second tier of pop stardom, she continues to turn out well-crafted, anthemic songs that are also appropriate for dancing alone in your bedroom while laughing and crying.
Dedicated is her fourth album and while it doesn’t necessarily carve a new path in her catalogue, it fits neatly into the animated, emotional pop world she’s created, which will keep fans more than satisfied. With her most recent tour selling out instantaneously (if anyone is selling tickets, I’m in the market) spinning this album over and over again is going to be the only way to enjoy her music this summer. And what an awesome summer it will be!

Most of us have discovered by now, sometimes relationships don’t work out. You take the good and the bad, you process it, you learn from it, and you grow, or at least that’s the hope. For me, one of the most enduring positives from my most recent “learning experience” is a boundless love for Carly Rae Jepsen. I all but wrote her off after she infected airwaves with the infamous “Call Me Maybe,” I was coaxed into giving her another chance around the time her third album Emotion was released. I surprised my partner with tickets to her Baltimore show and we went, meeting another friend of mine and his young daughter. It was impossible to tell afterward who had the best time that night, but I know I was forever hooked.

Her new album, Dedicated, does not reach the highest highs of Emotion, but its still a little piece of summer magic that you will most certainly be spinning during sunny day gatherings. It has the springy synth bounce of 80’s pop and the feel good cheese that is the hallmark of radio friendly jams – Both candy-coated goodness and authentic, genuine, boundless energy. Musically it jumps around a bit more than previous releases, seemingly testing the waters for possible future exploration as in songs like “I’ll Be Your Girl,” but she is a more than capable pop chameleon.

I don’t like to dissect pop music all that much. I typically just roll with the old adage “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” So let this one hit you and enjoy. Cause it just feels right.

Wine Pairing:

Hexamer Spatburgunder Weissherbst 2017 $26.99
Translation…white Pinot Noir from Germany, the world’s third largest producer of Pinot, but you wouldn’t know it looking at the shelves of most wine shops.  This is lively, contemplative and complex with an underlying currant of joy.  A slight coppery hue comes from minimal contact with the grapes skins.  Enjoy slightly chilled with sunglasses on enjoying a sunny day, with friends, or dancing manically on your own!

Tracks to Listen to RIGHT NOW
He Needs Me (including a nod to Harry Nilson’s “He Needs Me” sung by Shelly Duval for the 1980 film “Popeye”)
Now That I’ve Found You
Real Love