Carly Rae Jepsen Shows She’s Much More Than Call Me Maybe at London Concert

Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe is the only song I’ve ever heard from Carly Rae Jepsen, despite a career of what is closing in on a decade, and 4 studio albums worth of material. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going to her concert at the London Music Hall on Thursday night (Sept. 19, 2019). Evidently I have been under some sort of rock, because it was a busy night at the venue, filled with folks of all ages.

RALPH started the night, opening the show. She did a good job warming up the crowd with a few memorable songs rattling around in my head on the drive home from the show.

Jepsen was very different than what I expected.  Call Me Maybe has a very catchy, but very young sound to it, that, in a vacuum, wouldn’t age particularly well with the artist.  Anyone who has sat through KISS singing about Christine Sixteen, or Neil Sedaka singing pretty much any song about falling in love with a teenage girl well past middle age knows how even a great song can outlive the ability of a singer to pull it off. Being familiar with exactly one song in her catalogue, I sort of assumed she would be someone singing trite songs with a short shelf life that had long since expired. I impressed and surprised by the show. She had more of a Gwen Stefani vibe to her voice and delivery than that standard American Idol inspired pop music generated for a mass market.

Jepson’s songs had a pop hook to them, but also had enough substance and quality songcraft to keep them interesting. She did a great job building and working the energy of the crowd. She is a great singer with good songs and that’s what makes her a standout at the moment. She has a good band and connected with the audience, who sang along to most of it.

There was nothing gimmicky or over-produced in Jepsen’s act. Even when Call Me Maybe came up in the set, there was a balance to the overall sound and performance that made the song seem a lot less trite than had it been the one trick pony she rode into and out of town on.

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was less sure I was going to enjoy it, but Carly Rae Jepsen rocked the joint.

All photos by David Booth:

Carly Rae Jepsen
London Music Hall
Sept. 19, 2019

  • No Drug Like Me
  • E•MO•TION
  • Run Away With Me
  • Julien
  • Call Me Maybe
  • Now That I Found You
  • Gimmie Love
  • Feels Right
  • Fever
  • Want You in My Room
  • Store
  • Too Much
  • I Really Like You
  • Everything He Needs
  • Party for One

    Encores:

  • Let’s Get Lost
  • Cut to the Feeling
Photo: Carly Rae Jepsen by David Booth