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Summer Jam of the Week: "Take A Picture" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen needs no introduction, though it seems that every other single she’s released (other than “Call Me Maybe” of course) needs plenty of introduction. Her debut album Kiss dropped last fall and featured 16 tracks bursting with 80’s flavor and bright, flourishing hooks. Unfortunately, even with strong, house-centered tracks such as “This Kiss” and “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” Jepsen has yet to equal the commercial success of arguably the biggest song of 2012 (and probably one of the biggest songs of her career). But “Call Me Maybe” aside, the Canadian songstress really does have a knack for creating solid pop music. She further proves this fact with her newest single “Take A Picture,” a stand-alone track that she made with the help of her fan base. Her listeners had complete creative control over the song, picking everything from the lyrics to her outfits for her performance of the track on the American Idol stage. And though “Take A Picture” definitely doesn’t have the same kind of strength that “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time” have, it’s undeniably made for summer road trip playlists.

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“Take A Picture” is a bit of a retro pop throwback, flaunting 90’s synth-pop that also draws some comparisons to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” The fluttering bass line and simple 808 percussion take a backseat to Jepsen’s vocals, which is a nice change of pace from some of her work on Kiss, where she often had to compete with the loud and raucous dance drops in her tracks. Admittedly, there’s not much to the song lyrically, though it does paint a pretty picture (if you’ll pardon the pun) of Jepsen and her love interest enjoying a fun day out enjoying the summer. She’s living in the moment, and she wishes she could take an infinite number of pictures to fully preserve the good times she’s having. It’s a cute little tune, and even if it doesn’t get much radio play, it’s a great summer song for sure!