While there were not too many releases in the pre-Christmas period, the list of potential Flyctory.com reviews on 10th January was massive. One album which I definitely did not want to miss was the latest release by Selena Gomez, who gave her Rare in two versions, an Explicit and a Clean one. Of course, I did the explicit songs.
Selena Gomez – About The Artist
Selena Marie Gomez was born in 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Already at the age of ten, she had her first TV appearances, when she starred in Barney & Friends. Her breakthrough on the screen was definitely Wizards of Waverly Place, which she recorded for Disney channel from 2007 to 2012. During that time, she already toured with her band Selena Gomez & the Scene.Already the first studio album Kiss & Tell was a great success, with Top 20 placements in the USA, Austria, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom and reaching Gold status in the US. In the following two years, she released one album each, which had similar success. The band broke up in 2012. One year later, Selena Gomez had her first solo studio album. Stars Dance topped the charts in the USA, Canada and Norward and reached remarkable sales and placements in many other markets. The album was followed by the 2015 Revival. In private life, Selena Gomez majorly made it to the headlines by having an on-off-relationship with Justin Bieber.
Selena Gomez – Rare – Track by Track
Rare contains 13 songs and lasts 41 minutes. You will find multiple websites which analyse the lyrics against the events which have happened during the multiple breakup of Gomez and Bieber. I won’t add something to it.
A light and easy pop track. The album starts not too bad, but I would definitely expect more from Gomez than this track.
2. Dance Again
Feels so good to dance again – this song at least could be your right soundtrack to become a slave to the rhythm. Good song.
3. Look At Her Now
They fell in love one summer A little too wild for each other Shiny ’til it wasn’t Feels good ’til it doesn’t It was her first real lover His too ’til he had another Oh, God, when she found out Trust levels went way down
Okay, these tracks really make it hard not to think about too deeply about Selena Gomez’ recent love life. Very speedy and rhythmic, nice arrangement.
4. Lose You To Love Me
Lose You To Love Me is a very intense, but also intimate track. The choir-alike background arrangement is very catchy. You can’t dance on that song, but if you allow the story to happen in your heart, you will have a good time.
Another song which uses a very accentuated melodies. I am not too much a fan of the lyrics, but of course it is a nice production.
Vulnerable is close to lounge music, even has some ethnic-sounding elements. It is a comparably slow song – not that much of the ingredients you would like it to have.
7. People You Know
We used to be close, but people can go From people you know to people you don’t And what hurts the most is people can go From people you know to people you don’t
With lyrics like that you may not make it this year – neither if you are looking for an Oscar, a Grammy or any other kind of award. Another nice track, who lacks standing in the spotlight than in the corner.
8. Let Me Get Me
A lot of rhythm and speed in that song. Its hook line reminds me a bit of Oriental music, which makes it a very special track. Moves your hips while listening, so it can’t be too bad.
9. Crowded Room feat. 6Lack
Baby, it’s just me and you Baby, it’s just me and you Just us two Even in a crowded room Baby, it’s just me and you, yeah
Rapper 6Lack just appears at the very end of this song, singing one verse. A very gentle, fragile composition. Not the best track on the album to me.
10. Kinda Crazy
While listening to Kinda Crazy, I thought about the amazing arrangement of the song. Selena’s voice is just gently, not too intensively and too loud put on top of an as gentle melody. Selena’s songs are sometimes very quiet, but still so present. Though its definitely not my favorite genre, it amazes me. Kinda Crazy is a perfect example, I love the song.
You look like… Fun – okay, that’s what you can name explicit lyrics. Thus, the song gives e a smila and I hope for Selena that she had an enjoyable time there. However, I am tempted to write again that we got a “nice” song here. Could also write not bad – which means, it is not a smash hit as well.
12. Cut You Off
I did not want to write too much about Selena and Justin Bieber. Hard to do in this one
So I gotta get You out my head now I just (I just) cut you off (Yeah, I cut you off) You out my head now
I am in that “nice mode” already. Where are the catching ones?
13. A Sweeter Place feat. Kid Cudi
The final track of the European standard edition is a duet with rapper Kid Cudi. It is a very melodic track, which is a bit of catchy to me as well. Thus, the thirteen episodes conclude with a happy ending.
Selena Gomez – Rare – Spotify
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Selena Gomez – Rare – My View
The album starts with some really good songs. But then… I could have written “nice” to most of the songs (in fact I did in my first version of the review, before I recognized that I did not remember any of the songs any more). On the positive side, the album is versatile and offers very different styles – I love that. But the overall collection of songs is a bit too brave. Selena Gomez is a great girl, a celebrity since her early years, an idol and a fascinating human – I don’t feel it in these forty minutes over the whole time. Thus, I end up with an average rating.