Selena Gomez’s new album Rare wasn’t anything special

Selena Gomez's new album Rare wasn't anything special

I give everything the benefit of the doubt and compliment things that should not receive compliments.

A fear of mine is making someone feel bad about something they are proud of and put time and effort into; however, I also do not know how to lie. Therefore, I am telling you the upsetting truth that Selena Gomez’s new album, Rare, gave the kick-off to my new year a disappointing start. 

Each one of her thirteen songs closely resembles the song that came before it. It is almost as if she used the same beats and rhythm but slightly changed the lyrics for every song. She attempts to expand on the catchy, meaningful sound her image created years ago; although, she does not succeed due to the entirety of the album not being up to par with the albums and singles she has written and produced in the past. 

Both the album’s title and first song on the album, “Rare,” raised my eyebrows. How “rare” is it really? Some have argued that she is referring to the cliche saying “everyone is unique in their own way,” however, I don’t believe that is the case. I believe she is alluding to the rarity of the album and song itself, though both are not jaw-dropping. The title of the song and album do not even closely resemble the lyrics she wrote. I can only think of one title that encompasses both correctly — a title that contradicts the original title she thought fit: Ordinary.

The songs “Fun” and “Let Me Get Me” immediately reminded me of her albums from when she was on the hit television show, Wizards of Waverly Place. They are both whimsical and youthful just like the songs she was producing years ago. Though the two songs made me reminisce on my favorite childhood tv show, I don’t think they fit with the style and image she is attempting to portray. The lyrics are too juvenile and naive for the mature adult she has grown into. 

Even though the album was far from impressive, her single “Lose You to Love Me” was a song I added to my playlist almost instantly. It brings heartfelt lyrics and a slow rhythm together to create a recipe for success. The lyrics are relatable and succeed at getting across the point she is attempting to make as opposed to the other songs on her album. The title speaks for itself and so does the melody that follows it.

Her album was publicized as a great way to kick off the new year, but the only thing being kicked is her name off the top 100 charts. ”

 

Although Selena voiced a powerful meaning behind this album, it is not one I would recommend due to her lack of creativity. Her album was publicized as a great way to kick off the new year, but the only thing being kicked is her name off the top 100 charts.