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CD Review | POP

Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Kiss’

To answer your question: No. Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album does not contain another “Call Me Maybe,” the pop nugget that became the summer’s inescapable hit. “Kiss” arrives just in time to capitalize on interest in Jepsen, who in 2007 placed third on “Canadian Idol.” Whereas “Call Me Maybe” invited comparisons to Katy Perry, most of “Kiss,” Jepsen’s sophomore album, smacks of Kylie Minogue’s brand of electro-pop: pleasant, sung well, and firmly in the middle of the road. Jepsen and her army of producers keep the beats buoyant and the mood even brighter, even when Jepsen laments lost love (“More Than a Memory”). “Beautiful,” a duet with Justin Bieber, saps both of them of any spark; Bieber is the beige to her, well, beige. With hooks aplenty and samples of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid,” “Tiny Little Bows” comes closest to resurrecting the Jepsen who won over the world this year. Otherwise, “Kiss” is a re-
minder that, especially in pop music, lightning rarely strikes twice. (Out Tuesday) JAMES REED

ESSENTIAL “Tiny Little Bows”

Carly Rae Jepsen plays TD Garden on Nov. 10.

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