“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”.