Selena Gomez is set to release her forthcoming album on January 10th. This will feature hit single ‘Lose You To Love Me’ and track ‘Look At Her Now’.
Review of Selena Gomez - Rare by Thomas Bleach
Reflecting on all of the hurt that she has gone through and the life lessons she’s learnt along the way, Selena Gomez’s third studio album ‘Rare’, impresses with an earnest maturity.
‘Rare’ doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. The thirteen track record is full of honest reflections that are emotionally fuelled and are melodically crafted in an endearing pop format.
Enlisting some huge songwriting names like Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Alex Hope, Leland, Caroline Furoyen, Jon Bellion, Bebe Rexha and MNEK to work on this record with her, they’ve been able to create some pure pop magic that is not only genuine, emotional and uplifting but is also something that perfectly continues the evolution of her artistry after the huge success of ‘Revival’.
Opening with the title track ‘Rare’ she first and foremost reclaims her self worth as she questions why someone can’t see that she’s uniquely special. “It feels like you don’t care. Why don’t you recognise I’m so rare?” she sings during the DIY indie-pop song that combines an offbeat production with a rhythmic flow.
Setting the precedent that this album is not going to be filled with predictable dance-pop songs that sound like everything else on the radio and charts at the moment, Gomez really just wants to create music that feels and sounds authentic. So a lot of this record does feel quite DIY within the pop realm.
‘Dance Again’, ’Look At Her Now’, ‘Ring’ and ‘Let Me Get Me’ hears her continuing the flow of oozing confidence as she highlights a playful side to her production while using boundaries on ‘Crowded Room’ and ‘A Sweeter Place’. But there is also a lot of vulnerable and candid moments like ‘Lose You To Love Me’, ‘People You Know’ and the fittingly titled ‘Vulnerable’.
It’s a pop record with a lot of heart. It’s an album that tells her story in the most authentic, candid and honest way possible, and highlights a lot of growth within her musical process. If you thought ‘Revival’ was the best thing she’s done to date in her career, you wait until you hear ‘Rare’.
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