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REVIEW: Selena Gomez – Me & The Rhythm.

Someone please tell me when pop stars are going to learn never to do spoken bridges in their songs unless they are going to be able to pull it off with 100% confidence and attitude. Katy Perry ruined “This is How We Do” with a spoken bridge and now Selena has taken what could have been a decent buzz single for her album (although it’s miles better than the mess that is her second single) and mangled it by talking in the bridge in the most disinterested, blasé voice I have heard in a very long time. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Selena Gomez – Same Old Love.

“Same Old Love” is a song in which Selena fails, after a long string of successes, to make herself bigger than the hit song she’s moulded herself into. In the past Selena has co-opted left over songs from the likes of Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Rihanna, artists who usually have enough personality to take a song written by someone else and make it their own. It could have been said that Selena was able to do the same in the past, but with “Same Old Love” she may have at last tackled something too big for her to handle.

The music itself is fairly simple, piano and finger snaps (with some synths and drums added in later), but they stand out in their simplicity and Selena fails to make herself more interesting than the instrumental. The track was co-written by Charli XCX, a singer with more genuine personality in a single song than Selena has been able to muster during her entire career. The worst decision of this entire failed escapade for Selena was getting Charli to do background vocals during the chorus, because with seemingly little effort Charli looms over Selena’s voice making her sound so small you could be forgiven for not hearing her at all.

When it comes down to it, “Same Old Love” still sounds like a Charli XCX song, Selena did nowhere near enough to commandeer the song and make it her own or give any personal touches to it whatsoever aside from her meek sounding voice during the verses. If this really is Selena’s new single then it needs to have a “featuring Charli XCX” added on to the song title to make it slightly less embarrassing for Selena when radio stations start getting calls to “play that new Charli XCX song, “Same Old Love”.




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REVIEW: Selena Gomez – Good For You ft. A$AP Rocky

Selena Gomez has never really shaken off the “good-girl” vibe that comes from making a start on the Disney channel, although mostly because she hasn’t ever really tried to make that transition from girl into woman. With “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky there is absolutely no doubt that Selena has finally made that transition with her public persona, however the timing of this makes me feel very uncomfortable. Back in February Selena Gomez appeared on the cover of V Magazine looking like an inappropriately sexed up child. This obviously brought up many issues about the sexualisation of young females in the entertainment industry. If Selena’s transition had been gradual then things might have seemed less creepy, but because in a matter of months she has gone from sexed up magazine poster-child to singing a song with lyrics such as “You say I give it to you hard” there’s a juxtaposition of images that feels very uneasy. Continue reading

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