One day scholars and critics will crack why and how Carly Rae Jepsen captured the hearts and minds of so many 25- to 50-year-olds in the 20-teens. Is it her relatable lyrics about realizing that some people aren’t just worth your time? Is it her songs admitting that it’s okay to have a spur of the moment romp wherein both parties know this is just for funsies? Or is her music just so catchy and her personality so winning that no one can help but like Jepsen? I will leave the answer to the ages. All I know is, The Met was filled last night with thousands of adults practically dressed for the autumn weather in hoodies and flannel – with fans more glammed up the closer you got to the front – all enjoying the Canadian songstress’s catalog in a very wholesome way.
Jepsen’s set began with an animated moon letting us know that this show is all about forgetting the worries outside the theater, having a great time, and that, oh yeah, “This Love Isn’t Crazy.” With that, Carly Rae Jepsen and her band came out and gave us their all: hit after hit, sing-a-long after sing-a-long with just a band, two back-up singers and a screen that displayed lyrics, animation, and clips from her videos. Despite what on paper seems like a scaled-back production (touring being nearly prohibitively expensive these days), Jepsen and her team worked the stage deftly and had no need for elaborate dance sequences or over the top stage sets. Her songs were enough to carry the show. She even played super-hits “Run Away With Me” and “Call Me Maybe” fairly early in the set, a bold move if you ask me.