Selena Gomez "Stars Dance" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:09:11
Selena Gomez fans –there are many and they usually hover under the legal voting age—will recognize a marked sonic difference in her risky (for her, at least) new album Stars Dance. The frothy, confectionary pop songs of When The Sun Goes Down are gone – come on, who doesn't love "Who Says?" Her backing band The Scene is MIA, as well. The singer and actress hasn't just shifted gears or changed lanes. She's gone down a whole other road and guess where she ended up?
She's not out of gas, with four flat tires and an overheating engine. No way. Instead, she's pulled up to the musical promised land.
On Stars Dance, it's just Selena Gomez and her take on EDM and pop. It's a hybrid, her own blend of synthy electro pop. No, she's not vying for DJ Tiësto's job or attempting to capture the crown from Icona Pop. Instead, this is her teen-friendly take on the genre that's not limited to that age group and it's thoroughly awesome. She took a risk when choosing to dip her well-manicured toes into these waters and she ended up doing the backstroke.
The album is sweet enough to keep her teen fans enthralled and this shift in sound won't upset their parents. But it's also sultry enough to attract fans that are able to drink legally. Gomez has managed to do the near impossible and that's straddle the line between a teen audience and a more adult one without sacrificing either. The music is accessible and danceable, and it's also memorable.
Key tracks include the single "Come & Get It," which is a world-flavored love song, spiked with slower, more sultry rhythmic interplay, while she embraces her Latina roots on "Slow Down."
Gomez also gets personal with "Love Will Remember," which references her breakup with Justin Bieber after a high wattage, paparazzi-followed romance. It pulls back the curtain and offers a sneak peek into the inner workings of the singer's broken heart. Her fanbase is likely experiencing the pain of heartbreak for the first time, as well, so this song will no doubt be of comfort to them. It's a way to further connect her to fans via a shared experience.
The album's opener "Birthday" is a sassy romp that reminds us a bit of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" in its girlish badassness, while "B.E.A.T." is a more hip-hop dosed track where Gomez raps. She tries her hand at a lot of things on the album and it works at every turn.
Another track that will embed itself in your brain is the title track. Selena doesn't just make the stars dance. She'll make you and your little sister groove, too.