November 19, 2018

BY SARA SASILA

Selena Gomez became famous as an actress in the Disney channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, acting in the show until it ended in 2012. She then went on to form her own band, Selena Gomez & the Scene, in hopes of accomplishing a successful career in music.

After releasing three reasonably successful records, Gomez said the band would be taking a break to focus their attention on other projects. In reality taking a break meant embarking on a solo career – which was a smart decision.

In 2013, the pop singer released a debut album called Stars Dance which sold 97,000 copies in its first week, according to Billboard. Fast forward two years later Revival was born and sold 117,000 in its first week.

Revival, which came out on Oct. 9, is without a doubt Gomez’s best album. A mixture of both mature sounds and fun dance anthems has replaced the teenage pop songs from her prior albums.

The first track called Revival begins with Gomez delivering a poetic passage about her own real-life revival, “I’m reborn in every moment, so who knows what I’ll become?” she sings. “It’s my time to butterfly.” It then starts its house party beat and carries on beautifully.

Although I prefer music that is more soulful and slow, Gomez’s album did surprise me. Kill Em With Kindness is the second track on the album and it is probably my favourite. I have to admit, the song is a bit cheesy – she slams haters who have been targeting her life in the spotlight for years, but the music itself is really catchy. I find myself bopping my head during the chorus every time.

Another favourite is Good For You featuring A$AP Rocky. By the sound of the lyrics, it seems as if Gomez is singing to a man, telling him about her stripping and leaving her clothes on the floor, but once you watch the music video, it sends out a whole new message. In the video she is singing to herself, telling herself that she wants to look good. This song promotes self-love and self-confidence, which is refreshing to see that she is using her platform to inspire her wide fan base.

Overall, I am impressed with Gomez’s new mature sound. The album features sexy, confident, raw and heartbreaking tracks, which, she says, is her way of telling people who she is.

“I’ve deserved this. I earned this. It’s all me,” she says in an interview with Billboard.

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