Rating: 4/5

Sabrina Carpenter really has a knack for melody. From “Thumbs” to “Why” to the current “Almost Love,” Carpenter’s songs have always stood out from the rest of the EDM landscape for their musical aptitude. Instead of relying on phat beats and bass drops to build a catchy tune, Carpenter uses techno beats as an asset to her already original artwork, not as a fallback.

Within the first minute of “Almost Love,” we hear four distinct melody lines that all fit together like a musical puzzle. Carpenter weaves them together so seamlessly that it doesn’t feel rushed — as it does when some artists try to cram too much in to one song. She completes her thoughts in each section, and the contrasting melodies drop into each other just as your butt sinks into the couch after a long day.

Three days after originally hearing the song, I can’t get it out of my head; but it’s also not annoying, which is what’s really striking. It’s very hard to write a current pop song that is interesting enough that it doesn’t make me feel like I’m drifting into a coma after I’ve heard it a couple handfuls of times, but “Almost Love’s” oscillating melodies fit so well together that you can almost listen on a loop without feeling overwhelmed — just going for the ride.

Carpenter is proof that pop music doesn’t have to be exceedingly simple to attract an audience; she feels true, and that’s why it works.

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