It’s OK to Listen to Carly Rae Jepsen

And, in fact, you should


Nestled somewhere between Drake’s “Know Yourself” and Adele’s “Hello,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” was listed by many critics as one of the best tracks of 2015. That “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen? Yep. The one playing the Venetian Theatre on December 30, 31 and January 2? Mmhmm.

And it wasn’t just Cosmopolitan magazine, which called Jepsen’s E•MO•TION the Best Pop Album of 2015 and gives us 5 Gorgeous Ways To Wear Bows In Your Hair. See also Time, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and The New York Times for more raves.

Maybe you’re surprised because you slept on E•MO•TION after hearing the slump of a lead single, “I Really Really Like You.” Sample lyric: I really really really really really really like you. But the album’s got more meat on its bones, and “Run Away With Me” is a Grade A cut.

Cause you make me feel like/ I could be driving you all night/ And I’ll find your lips in the street lights/ I wanna be there with you

The 30-year-old Jepsen has graduated from throwing wishes into wells to waving her #feels-flag high. Her sweet, breathy vocals produce the kind of confidence-building hook you sing along with to shoo butterflies out of your stomach. And the bouncy, synth-driven melody makes it easy to dance—or ask someone to dance—to.

Not ready to dig deep into the catalog? Jepsen recently released her version of Wham’s “Last Christmas,” kissing the sad yuletide song with a dose of sax and a twinkle of hope that Taylor Swift couldn’t quite capture on her 2007 cover.

We won’t tell anyone if you listen. And if you ever want to Jepsen and chill, call us, maybe?

Carly Rae Jepsen

The Venetian Theatre at the Venetian, Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., Dec. 31 at 10 p.m., 702-414-9000,