Selena Gomez is certainly one of the most successful female pop stars of this moment. She has had much success on the Billboard charts and her latest venture proves that she still has what it takes to pull out the hits.
When the first single from the album, “Lose You To Love Me” dropped, I gave it a listen. I liked it. I didn’t love it at first, but the more I’ve listened to it the more it’s grown on me. The day after it’s release, Gomez dropped “Look At Her Now”. I must admit, this one was more my style. A little bit more upbeat, not quite a bop as per my taste, but in today’s style of pop music, it’s about as much as I can ask for.
When the album dropped, I was a little bit hesitant to give it a listen. Not because I have a distaste for Selena, I actually really like her, it’s just that modern pop music is not really my thing. Maybe it’s because I’m set in my ways and I don’t like that music is changing, but whatever the reason, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to give it a listen. But I did. And I must say that I’m glad I did. Yes, it’s very modern. It is an album that in twenty years we’ll look back and say “Oh, that’s such a 2020 album” but that’s not a bad thing. I like that music can quickly identify an era.
From the opening track Rare, I knew I was in for a modern treat. I actually really like the track, it’s one of my favorites on the album. I like the beat, it’s catchy. It definitely has been stuck in my head all day. Dance Again is not a song I’ll keep going back to. I don’t hate it. I’ll listen to it if I have the whole album on while I’m busy or something, but I won’t likely single it out. Look At Her Now. I like this song, it’s also catchy, one of my go-to’s. Lose You To Love Me. This is a song that I really liked when I first heard it when she dropped the video on YouTube, but I kind of put it in the back of my mind, so when I gave the album a listen, I was excited to revisit the track. It’s a winner. One of the better surprises on the album came in the form of the track Ring. I think this is my favorite on the album. It’s catchy, it’s different. It’s fun. Vulnerable. This one is okay, perhaps a little unforgettable for me, but I don’t hate it. I really like the song, People You Know. When I was listening to it I actually caught myself singing along even during the initial listening, a good sign. Let Me Get Me. It’s there. Not really anything special in my humble opinion. It’s a good filler track. Crowded Room is a track I will skip if I’m just casually listening to the album in full, it’s definitely not my favorite. I didn’t get much out of Kinda Crazy. I like the chorus pretty good, but otherwise, it sounds kind of like every other song out there right now. Kind of forgettable. I did like Fun. Finally, after some moody tracks, Fun jumps in and picks us back up for the rollercoaster ride which every album should be. Cut You Off. I didn’t love. A Sweeter Place is probably my least favorite on the album. I don’t care for features. Just not my thing. Overall, the album is pretty good. I’ll probably listen to it for a season, but not one I’ll go back to in 2-5 years.
Fav song(s): Rare, Look At Her Now, Lose You To Love Me, Ring, People You Know, and Fun
Least fav song(s): Dance Again, Crowded Room, and A Sweeter Place