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[new] Carly Rae Jepsen – “Let’s Be Friends” (135bpm)

Well produced, well crafted pop song. Nice to hear some dynamic range. I wish more pop artists would remember than when they make their entire song loud, then none of it’s loud. You gotta have those mellower parts to make the punchy parts punchy. There is one thing they do in this song which is really popular right now and it bugs me. Instead of doing proper background vocals, they just copy and paste a lead vocal and modify the formant. It’s lazy, dumb, and creatively bankrupt and I wish producers would knock it off. Take the extra time and make some proper background vocals with some three or four part harmony using interesting chords. You spent so much time making the record; don’t blow it by mailing it in with the formant knob!