Dedicated (Carly Rae Jepsen album)

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Dedicated
Black-and-white photograph of Carly Rae Jepsen from behind
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Length42:23
Label
Producer
Carly Rae Jepsen chronology
Emotion: Side B
(2016)
Dedicated
(2019)
Singles from Dedicated
  1. "Party for One"
    Released: November 1, 2018
  2. "Now That I Found You / No Drug Like Me"
    Released: February 27, 2019
  3. "Julien"
    Released: April 19, 2019
  4. "Too Much"
    Released: May 9, 2019

Dedicated is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen. It was released on May 17, 2019, through 604, School Boy and Interscope Records. The album was preceded by the release of the single "Party for One", a dual single consisting of "Now That I Found You" and "No Drug Like Me", "Julien", and "Too Much". Dedicated will be supported by The Dedicated Tour.

Writing and development[edit]

In April 2016, Jepsen said that she felt inspired and was hoping to release new music at the start of 2017, but did not want to rush.[1] In May 2016, she said that she was taking inspiration from disco music, including ABBA and the Bee Gees. In February 2017, Jepsen said that she had written 42 songs for the album and that her main influence was Donna Summer.[2] In August 2017, she said that she had written over 60 songs, teasing that she was making "songs to clean your house to".[3] In April 2018, Jepsen said that she had written over 100 songs for the album and was starting to narrow them down. She also released a teaser for a song that was speculated to be titled "This Love Isn't Crazy".[4] By May 2019, Jepsen had written "nearly 200 songs" for the album, which included a title track that was not included in the final track listing.[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

On November 1, 2018, Jepsen released "Party for One", the lead single from the album.[6][7] On February 27, 2019, Jepsen released a dual single single with "Now That I Found You" "No Drug Like Me".[8] "Now That I Found You" was written at a writing camp in Nicaragua.[9] A music video for "Now That I Found You" was released on March 14, 2019.[10]

On March 31, 2019, Jepsen teased an upcoming announcement on her social media accounts.[11] On April 1, 2019, the album title and release date for Dedicated were announced, along with US The Dedicated Tour dates.[12][13][14] On April 17, 2019, Jepsen revealed the album's track listing and cover.[15][16] The album was made available to pre-order on April 19, 2019 along with the song "Julien" as a pre-order bonus.[17][18] "Julien" was written at Maderas Village, Nicaragua in August 2016.[19]

"Too Much" was released as a single on May 9, 2019.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.4/10[21]
Metacritic80/100[22]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[23]
Clash8/10[24]
Consequence of SoundB[25]
Exclaim8/10[26]
The Guardian4/5 stars[27]
The Independent4/5 stars[28]
NME4/5 stars[29]
Pitchfork7.3/10[30]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[31]
Slant3.5/5 stars[32]

Dedicated received favorable reviews; aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalized rating of 80, based on 15 critical reviews.[22]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Heather Phares gave a rating of 4 and a half stars out of five. She wrote that "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."[23]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing adapted from iTunes.[7]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Julien"
Shearer3:54
2."No Drug Like Me"
  • Hill
  • Palmer
3:28
3."Now That I Found You"
3:20
4."Want You in My Room"
Antonoff2:46
5."Everything He Needs"
3:38
6."Happy Not Knowing"
  • Jepsen
  • Crowe
  • Hill
  • Palmer
  • Ledinsky
  • Hill
  • Palmer
2:41
7."I'll Be Your Girl"
  • Jepsen
  • Hill
  • Patrik Berger
  • Hill
  • Berger
2:58
8."Too Much"
3:17
9."The Sound"
2:51
10."Automatically in Love"
  • Hill
  • Chahayed
3:33
11."Feels Right" (featuring Electric Guest)
  • Hill
  • Taccone
  • Palmer
2:43
12."Right Words Wrong Time"
  • Hope
  • Chahayed
3:20
13."Real Love"
  • Jepsen
  • Flannigan
  • Chris Whitehall
3:54
Total length:42:23

Notes[edit]

  • "Everything He Needs" contains portions of "He Needs Me" by Harry Nilsson.
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.

Release history[edit]

List of regions, release dates, showing formats, label, editions and references
Region Date Formats Editions Label Ref.
Various May 17, 2019
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All That We Could Do With This Emotion". Stereogum. April 7, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen Previews Lil Yachty Collaboration, New Album". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen Takes ET Behind The Scenes Of Her New 'Cut To The Feeling' Music Video". Entertainment Tonight Canada. August 19, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen on Her Next Album (She Has 100 New Songs!), 'Creative Crush' Charli XCX & Being a 'Cat Lady'". People. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Spanos, Brittany (May 1, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen: Queen of Hearts". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Mahjouri, Shakiel (November 6, 2018). "Carly Rae Jepsen Debuts 'Party For One' On 'Tonight Show' After Releasing 1st Single In 18 Months". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Various citations concerning the May 17, 2019, release date for Dedicated:
  8. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen Unveils Two New Songs, 'Now That I Found You' And 'No Drug Like Me'". NPR.org. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Hosken, Patrick. "Carly Rae Jepsen Tells Us How Her Cat-Centric 'Now That I Found You' Video Came Together". MTV News. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Nast, Condé. "Watch Carly Rae Jepsen's Cat-Filled New "Now That I Found You" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  11. ^ @carlyraejepsen (March 31, 2019). "Is this thing on? Hope so, got some big news!" (Tweet). Retrieved April 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Hussein, Wandera (April 1, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen announces new album Dedicated, reveals U.S. tour dates". The Fader. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Yoo, Noah; Strauss, Matthew (April 1, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Album Dedicated and Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  14. ^ Rettig, James (April 1, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Album Dedicated". Stereogum. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen reveals tracklist for new album Dedicated". Consequence of Sound. April 18, 2019. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen Reveals Track List, Artwork For 'Dedicated' Album". Billboard. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  17. ^ @carlyraejepsen (April 19, 2019). "Julien is the song that taught me the heart and direction of this album. Couldn't keep him for myself any longer. Now if you pre-order #Dedicated, "Julien" will be available right away!" (Tweet). Retrieved April 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen Wants You Back on Aching Dance Jam 'Julien': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "The Knocks on Instagram: "@carlyraejepsen's 'Julien' is out today!! Took a trip down to @maderasvillage in Nicaragua with some amazing people a couple years ago and…"". Instagram. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "Hear Carly Rae Jepsen's Steamy New Song 'Too Much'". Rolling Stone. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  21. ^ "Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Reviews for Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen". Metacritic. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  23. ^ a b Phares, Heather (May 17, 2019). "Dedicated - Carly Rae Jepsen". AllMusic. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
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  25. ^ Barr, Natalia (May 16, 2019). "A More Confident Carly Rae Jepsen Knows What She Wants on Dedicated". Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  26. ^ Carlick, Stephen (May 16, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated". Exclaim. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  27. ^ Snapes, Laura (May 17, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated review – dusky disco glories". The Guardian. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  28. ^ Bray, Elisa (May 16, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen, Dedicated review: A positively jubilant album, covering the full spectrum of love, lust and break-ups". The Independent. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  29. ^ Mylrea, Hannah (May 17, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen – 'Dedicated' review". NME. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  30. ^ Gaca, Anna (May 17, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  31. ^ Grant, Sarah (May 17, 2019). "Carly Rae Jepsen Delivers Peppy Teen-Pop Wisdom on 'Dedicated'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  32. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (May 15, 2019). "Review: Carly Rae Jepsen's Dedicated Is a Single-Minded Declaration of Love". Slant. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  33. ^ "Carly Rae Jepsen - Deicated (Target Exclusive) : Target". Target. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
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