Kween Karly plays it safe in the G-rated visual, glossing over the song’s themes of infidelity and turning it into your typical girl meets boy and lives happily ever after fairytale. It’s not nearly as titillating as the song’s message of forbidden lust suggests, but it is very sweet. Carly Rae J looks incredibly gorgeous, and although her knight in shining armor certainly isn’t the kind of guy that I’d personally go for (not here for long hair on guys!!!) it’s still a real “awwww” moment when they finally lock lips at the end of the video.
“This Kiss” contains no errors, faults, or imperfections, yet that hasn’t stopped it from being a ginormous flop. It spent one week on the Hot 100 when it was first released and then disappeared, and high profile performances on shows like Letterman and Ellen have done nothing to help. You can’t fault the song though. “Call Me Maybe” is still big, as is Carly’s Owl City duet “Good Time”, and their undying success is so huge that it’s eclipsed any hope that “This Kiss” had of becoming a smash. “This Kiss” is the new “Champagne Showers”, and it’s not fair! Haven’t you people supported “Call Me Maybe” enough by now? I worship it too, but it’s time for “This Kiss” to smooch the top spot.