Pop queen Carly Rae Jepsen has dropped a cheeky anti-Valentine’s Day track, titled “Let’s Be Friends.” It’s quite different from her last album, Dedicated, which is full of tracks about pining after love. In “Let’s Be Friends,” Carly makes it clear that she’s not feeling the first date and doesn’t feel bad about not wanting to see her date again.
Carly announced the song by sharing adorable Valentine’s Day-themed illustrations that say “See ya never!” “Catch you later!” and “Let’s be friends (not really though).” These charming drawings set the mischievous tone for “Let’s Be Friends.”
The song definitely has the upbeat, extra poppy quality that all Carly Rae Jepsen songs possess, but with unique lyrics. Unlike most of the tracks on Dedicated, “Let’s Be Friends” does not put so much weight and pressure on finding love. Much like her beloved songs “Store” and “Boy Problems,” Carly has no guilt about leaving her ex-lover behind in this track. Paired with Carly’s signature bubblegum pop sound, the unapologetic spirit of “Let’s Be Friends” makes it playful and fun from start to finish.
“Let’s Be Friends” ends comically with Carly declaring, “I had a really nice time with you // I mean, you’re sort of a dick sometimes // But someone out there is surely gonna love a dick // Uh, check, please.” It’s the perfect song to dance and sing along to if you’re alone on Valentine’s Day and feeling bummed. As Carly reflects on a terrible first date, lonely listeners will feel thankful that they’re not spending Valentine’s Day on an awkward date, wasting precious time.
In her new stand-alone track, Carly Rae Jepsen reminds us that dating is sometimes not worth it during this Valentine’s Day season. Instead, fans can stay home, eat chocolate, hang with their best friends and bop along to “Let’s Be Friends.”
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