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Rapid React: Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Let’s Be Friends’

Written By Sam Murphy on 02/07/2020
Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen has returned with Let’s Be Friends, her first single since last year’s Dedication record.

Jepsen has written some of the best love songs in pop history but this time she’s going in the opposite way. Let’s Be Friends is a cheeky breakup anthem following the positive, “let’s be friends” mantra with, “then never speak again.”

Sonically, Let’s Be Friends wouldn’t have fit on Dedication. It’s got ’80s-flavours but it’s driven by acoustic guitar and sassy spoken word parts. It has a buoyant pop chorus but there’s also a strong alternative vibe to it in its grittier-than-usual production.

Lyrically, she’s having fun with this one, blessing us with a spoken-word bridge that has her saying, “you’re sort of a dick sometimes but someone out there is surely gonna love a dick.”

No word yet on whether this is attached to a wider project but we are waiting on Dedication Side-B.

Best Moment: The spoken word part is peak Jepsen and the most endearing part of the song.
Worst Moment: You’ll get used to it but the slightly lo-fi, acoustic guitar-driven production is a little shocking at the beginning.

Best Lyric: “Let’s be friends and never speak again,” is the sort of juvenile gold we’ve come to expect from Jeppo.
Worst Lyric: “It isn’t you baby, it’s me,” may be one of the most overused phrases in pop music.