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“Cut to the Feeling” is a single by Carly Rae Jepsen from the film Ballerina (titled Leap! in the United States). It was released May 26, 2017. It was originally recorded for Emotion, but it did not make the final cut.

Background

"Cut to the Feeling" was written during the creation of Jepsen's third studio album, Emotion (2015), but did not make the cut because it was too "cinematic and theatrical". It was later intended for the album's follow-up EP, Emotion: Side B, but was then slated for release with Leap! after Jepsen signed on for the film and felt the song was fitting for the story. The track is one of the two songs Jepsen contributed to the film, the other one being "Runaways".

Critical reception

Upon its release, "Cut to the Feeling" received critical acclaim. It was featured as Pitchfork's "Best New Track", with Laura Snapes describing it as "bombastic and gaudy" while praising it for being "distinctly Jepsen, her coaxing vocal creakiness convincing her paramour to stop denying what they want and just fucking go for it with her."[4] Spin praised the song for deemphasizing Emotion's "explicit '80s posing, using that well-worn synth-pop chug for something brighter, bigger, and more bombastic." Slant Magazine said the single is her best since "Call Me Maybe", adding that it "delivers breathless, syncopated vocals over a measured handclap beat before the whole thing erupts into its euphoric hook."

Billboard ranked "Cut to the Feeling" at number 23 on list 50 best songs of 2017 so far.

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