It appears that our Seleners has dropped two new songs randomly with little to no hype about them. Selena Gomez released a cover of Yazoo’s “Only You” and an acoustic version of “Kill Em With Kindness.” Both songs are off of the new Netflix original series “13 Reason Why,” which Selena helped produced. So let’s break them down in the first ever Pop Project Double Music Review, which will have a better name if I do this again.
“Only You” is such a beautifully done song. Selena did the song a little bit slower than the original, which I’ve never heard of Yazoo so I had to do some journalist research on it. Her interpretation just fits the lyrics better with Selena’s version than in the original. In the original, which was mad in the 1980s, it’s just a little bit too upbeat for the song. It probably worked then, but it definitely doesn’t work now.
Selena’s version is stronger vocally as well because Selena’s voice will soothe your soul and it’s her breathy vocals that we came to love in “Good for You.” It makes the song a highlight and one that will hopefully get more credit than just being on a soundtrack for a television show.
Overall, the song is a classic Selena ballad that will make you weak in the knees. It will probably be overlooked which should be a crime punishable by stoning. We don’t have enough stoning for “legit” reasons anymore. Not hearing Selena Gomez’s cover is a legit reason.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Kill Em With Kindness (Acoustic)
“Kill Em With Kindness” was originally released as a single for her second solo album “Revival.” The song was a smash, to begin with, and the acoustic version is will change your life. Selena Gomez just has a way to make her voice sound way better when she’s singing acoustics or ballads.
The piano in the background is simple yet elegant. It totally adds a new depth to an already deep song. It’s probably the way that the song should have been released because its way better than the original. Like, it puts the original to shame. If Selena made versions of all her music like this, I would be totally okay with it because it’s awesome
Overall, an amazing acoustic cover of a great song. That’s all there is to say about it. It’s the same song we’ve heard before, just way better.
Ratings: 5 out of 5
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