If "Call Me Maybe" and "Good Time" made Carly Rae Jepsen pop music's new sweetheart, her latest single plays an important role in complicating that image. Jepsen is still very much the girl-next-door on "Tonight I'm Getting Over You," but the track broadens her persona by showing that good girls enjoy sex and face heartache too (much in the same way "She Bop" and "Time After Time" did for Cyndi Lauper's girl-just-having-fun image). Exploring the difficulty of breaking up with a friend-with-benefits, "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" allows Jepsen lots of drama to play on, and her performance gives the track weight.
Some could argue that Jepsen's single, "This Kiss," marked an attempt to gritty up her musical identity, and that is likely true, but "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" accomplishes that task with greater success. First, Jepsen delivers a solid vocal performance--perhaps the best on her international debut, Kiss. She manages to sound both pained and determined, shouting over a dirty dance beat. The beat on the record is particularly important. There are no sweet strings here, no acoustic guitar. This song is all about rough, harsh electronics--the kind that thud, thud, thud with such intensity that they drown out a club-goer's pain.
Jepsen needs a third successful single to take hold so the public realizes she is not a one-trick pony. She is a talented musician who has more skills up her sleeve than "Call Me Maybe" and "Good Time" imply. "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" reveals a gifted vocalist who fits well within a dance context. I hope the single makes some waves both in the club and on the Hot 100.