Album review | Selena Gomez ‘Rare (Deluxe Edition)’

While 2020 has sucked a big one, at least the music of 2020 has been outstanding. It also gave us our first full-fledge Selena Gomez album since 2015. It’s been five years since the former Disney star blessed the world with a full-length release. Up until this point, we were just served singles. Some were good, and some were meh. None were bad. So let’s talk about her third album, “Rare.”

Click here to check out reviews for Target bonus tracks:

Bad Liar“|”Fetish“|”Back to You“|”It Ain’t Me

Of course, she was sad
But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet 

Originally released on January 10, 2020 “Rare” is the third solo album, from Selena Gomez. The original release contained 13 songs, which her previous singles being bonus tracks from Target. She re-released the album with four new tracks: “Feel Me,” “Boyfriend,” “She,” and Souvenir” on April 9th.

Before new tracks

“Rare” is probably Selena’s strongest album to date, besides “Stars Dance.” It takes the best parts of her last album, “Revival,” and focuses more on that. The album was produced by the way too many people.

According to the Wikipedia pages, this album had about 26 producers credits. It kind of shows as there’s no one set genre and its kind of all over the place with its sound. It’s not a bad thing, nor it’s not a good thing. It’s a step in the right direction on refining her sound. The tracks are more mature, like her and her sound. Positive news: This is the first album where I can honestly say, I don’t think Justin Beiber had anything refers in the lyrics besides “Look at Her Now.”

While “Bad Liar” and “Fetish” are available for the Target bonus tracks, I think it was a step in the wrong direction not to include them on this album as regular tracks. They do fit this album with the overall feel of the album. “Back to You” slightly provides it, but the fact that “Wolves” and “It Ain’t Me” as a bonus just doesn’t make any sense. They are more Stars Dance era and just don’t help to end the album right. It might be a Pop/Dance album, but it’s not an EDM influenced Pop/Dance album.

Speaking of the bonus tracks, just adding them to the end is just lazy. Like at least mix them in actual tracklist. You could have quickly figure out how to include them. It would help the flow better than just randomly ending on “Wolves.”

After new tracks

With the edition of the new tracks, Selena changed up the tracklisting. This lead to some questionable choices in the flow of the album. The deluxe version starts with “Boyfriend” and then goes into “Lose You to Love Me.” At first, I was like, “this is random but okay.” When you listen to the two songs together, it’s a mood. They do make the album better and the fact they rearranged besides the bonus tracks.

Did “Rare” need these tracks? Nope, honestly, adding these tracks was more of just fan service that wasn’t needed. These tracks were songs that the fans wanted and were probably meant to boost sales. But they didn’t do anything to help back the album besides flow. I’m glad that these songs got put out into the world, but they easily could have been put as an EP.

Verdict

“Rare” is the best album from Selena so far. The album is more mature and takes the best of her previous albums and just makes it better. There’s not any replay value to it. It’s not going to say that the songs are catchy. But this isn’t a dance album, nor is it something that’s you are going to want to listen to on repeat. I’ve only listened to the album a handful of times, and I’m okay with that. I do recommend this album as it’s a great pop album.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Selena Gomez’s heart gets her in-trouble in the video for ‘Back to You’

Selena Gomez isn’t tired of the same old love

It officially the start of the era for Selena Gomez…again. Yesterday, the former Disney actress delivered the music video for her song off of the soundtrack for her show “13 Reasons Why.” It’s been awhile since Selena released a music video for one of her singles. The last one was for her song with marshmello called “Wolves.”

The video for “Back To You” follows suit with how she made the videos for “Bad Liar” and “Fetish.” It’s extremely artistic and tells a story that adds to the overall story that the song is telling. It’s pretty much Old Selena meeting the new classier Selena. You get the classic sound with the storytelling that has made her two videos up there with her past work.

Because it is an artistic video, it is a little too much to grasp in the first viewing. It’s going to take a while for you to soak up the tea that Seleners is spilling in this video. She is spilling soo much tea that it’s not even funny. The video is about Selena being at a party with one boy, a boy that looks like The Weeknd. She ends up sneaking off with another bad boy, who looks like Justin Bieber. The two steal a car and end have a picnic. She soon realizes that her new boy is wanted by the police and that he isn’t worth going to jail for. They end up going back to the party before doing it all over again. 

The video itself isn’t bad, just leaving you wanting more. Either way, I’m all for this new Selena era. I want more from it whether it’s like “Bad Liar” and “Fetish” or this one.

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Inspirational Quotes from Selena Gomez

Hit the Lights, let the music move you

I decided to do more inspirational quotes from a popular artist because no one asked for it and I wanted to do it. On this edition of “Inspirational Quotes,” I take the lyrics from Selena Gomez and turn them into things to inspire your life. We all need some inspiration.

If you are new to this then here’s what to expect: I took copyrighted lyrics and images and made something wonderful with it.  I did this all for fun and nothing hurtful nor with the intent to break any copyright laws. I’m honestly just doing this because I like to make fun of inspirational quotes and this is rather fun. While no one asked for it, I hope you enjoy these quotes from Miss Selena Gomez.

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Selena Gomez returns with a banger from ’13 Reasons Why’ soundtrack

Seleners gives the world another “Back to You” song

It’s been seven months since Selena Gomez has given the world any sort of music. That song was a banger with Marshmello called “Wolves.”  Now, Selena has released a pre-order track off of the soundtrack for the second season of “13 Reasons Why.”

“Back to You” is a classic Selena Gomez pop song. It’s similar to the last couple of songs she has done with Kygo, Zedd, Marshmello, and her debut solo album “Stars Dance.” It starts off with a very nice acoustic guitar melody before kicking into EDM mode with the chorus. The guitar during the entire song is everything. It adds more depth to the song that the EDM wouldn’t have given it. It makes “Back to You” more emotional.

The lyrics are about going back to a love constantly. Let’s just address the muscular and ripped Elephant in the room whose penis we have all saw. Many people believe that the song is about Justin Drew Bieber. That is right, The Jelena Saga continues. If you have lived under a rock since 2010, Selena and Justin have been more off and on than a light switch at a whorehouse. They recently got back together in November 2017 and ended in March 2018. People are thinking the song is about him just because of lyrics of the song. Oy vey. I’m over Jelena. Back to regularly scheduled programming.

“Back to You” isn’t a bad song at all. In fact, it’s a certified bop. My only complaint about it is that seems more like a step back than anything else. If you look like “Bad Liar” and “Fetish,” they are a totally different style than what we got with this song. The new style was everything but this just seemed like she wanted to go back to what made her musically.

Overall, “Back to You” is a catchy and lovely bop that is just in the wheelhouse of Selena. I just wish it was less of classic Selena and more like the Selena we got before her hiatus. I like classic Selena but I liked this new Selena better. She seemed like she gave no fucks.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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