Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Selena Gomez Goes Solo

Former Disney princess Selena Gomez released her debut solo album yesterday after three albums with her band. Selena Gomez and the Scene. Stars Dance is an album that is full of faceless dance-pop with elements of dubstep and other electronic music. The album does have moments of vulnerability and personality. Whenever Gomez brings up her recently ended romance with a certain pop star is a great moment. The bridge of first single "Come & Get It" sums it all up.
"This love will be the death of me/ But I know I'll die happily," Gomez sings.
"Forget Forever," ""Write Your Name" and of course the ballad "Love Will Remember" all bring out the pain of Gomez's heartbreak.
Highlights on the album include "B.E.A.T.," a Dev-styled party anthem, "Stars Dance" which recalls Britney Spears and "Love Will Remember" which is an achingly personal breakup ballad written by Gomez.
The best song on the album is the opener "Birthday" which is a dance-pop song with hip-hop influences that starts the album off in a fun way.
The bonus tracks are more personal than the songs on the album. "Nobody Does It Like You" is a song on which Gomez sings about a love that's run it's course. "I can't go back to the way it was," she sings achingly.
"Music Feels Better" is a song about how music sounds better when with your lover. "Lover In Me" is about a lover bringing out Gomez's inner lover. "I Like It Like That" is a song about loving somebody despite their faults.
While most of the songs are good, some aren't as great as others. "Like A Champion" is like a bad Rihanna impression and "Undercover" is just there.
This album isn't as amazing as Gomez's last album with The Scene, but it's a pretty good record. It's fun and personal and while it sometimes lacks character, it more than makes up for that with it's emotional lyrics.

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