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Album Review: Various Artists - Call Me Maybe


VARIOUS ARTISTS
CALL ME MAYBE

(Mabson Enterprises)
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By now, you are probably familiar with Carly Rae Jepsen and her hit song "Call Me Maybe." She's slated to tour with Justin Bieber, she was on Canadian Idol, and that single is huge. You probably aren't familar with the name Kyle Mabson (though a few regular readers of this blog might be). He's a key element in the Los Angeles scene, and responsible for getting a whole bunch of musician to cover and/or remix Gotye's hit song a few months back. A little bit of buzz later, and Mabson decided to see if lightning could strike twice by convincing people to cover Jepsen.

It's too early to say if the buzz will be just as big, but the artist response certainly has been. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" had 26 different versions created for the project. Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" has dwarfed that with 43 different versions of the song. That's two and a half hours worth of "Call Me Maybe." The results are a wonderful mix of pain and pleasure and of creativity and thievery -- many of them certainly stretch the idea of even being called "remixes" or "covers." Ultimately, the whole project is evidence of the fact that music is better without a filter.

It's entirely possible that I am the first person (aside from Mabson himself) to sit down and listen all 43 versions. I won't give you a run down of all the tracks (though I might in the future), but I will try to make note of a few notable ones.

Track 9: Ear Pwr - "CALL MY PHONE DUMBASS, I CAN'T FIND IT"
This is easily my favorite version on this comp. I'm not exactly sure if this is a "remix" or a "cover," but it totally sounds like this could fit right into an Ear Pwr set. There's a bit of a dub feel to it, and I have no idea where that rapping comes from, but it fits in very nicely. There's a severe veering from the original, but it's still recognizable at Jepsen's song.

Track 19: Body Jazz - "The Freshmen"
I couldn't stop laughing at this one. I suppose it's important to remember that this project is all-inclusive. No one is turned away. Is this a cover of "Call Me Maybe?" Technically, no. This is The Verve Pipe's "The Freshmen." If my knowledge of 90s alt-rock is fresh, this isn't even a cover; it's the actual recording of The Verve Pipe's "The Freshmen." No twist. If Body Jazz wants to call that a cover or remix of "Call Me Maybe," why the hell not?

Track 24: Phil Blankenship - "Call Me Maybe"
I'm not familiar with Phil Blankenship, but he's apparently fairly well known in the noise community, but he strays away from anything noisy here to deliver a spoken word version.

Track 29: Dan Deacon - "Call Me Maybe Acapella 147 Times Exponentially Layered"
Dan Deacon is probably the biggest name on this compilation. The title reveals exactly what it is. The interesting thing is it actually seems to give a glimpse into Deacon's songwriting process. What starts as a pretty-straight forward a capella ends up sounding like a Dan Deacon song once it's layered enough.

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