Album Review: “Revival” by Selena Gomez

11149585_10153174655560975_3486450607504209385_nI actually wasn’t going to do a review per se. In the past couple of months I’ve been losing my will to do album reviews, these EPs are much smaller and they’re a little bit easier to get through, but then I started listening to this album and somehow I started describing each song in a way I would to do in this type of post, so I took that as my hint. I was looking forward to this album when I first heard “Good For You” play on Sirius XM Hits 1. You can’t deny yourself of Selena’s music. I thought that single was a game changer because the lyrics are more mature than some of her older songs. I’ve been wondering when we’d start to see more grown up topics of explicit stuff pop up into our most loved Disney stars. Everybody still think Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato are itty bitty and they’re not anymore. We need to be more accepting of that. My sister and I have grown up with these stars so we shouldn’t be so surprised to hear these types of topics appearing in a line or two. Especially after what Miley Cyrus did last year in her music!

I think using the word “Revival” as the title of the album was a great choice. I don’t usually like having a track as the title because I feel it’s a bit too cliché. As far as the title track, I am a little bit of a fan of this song. It’s got a good pop/electronica  vibe to it but it also seems futuristic too with how every element is placed! It’s different and I like it. The second is called “Kill Em With Kindness” and this starts off a bit soft and as it becomes the chorus, it has this funky sound. I actually like this high-pitched whistle along with this disco like beat. I kind of wish there were more words as far as lyrics go in this one, I feel it’s a little boring that way but if you’re going to “kill them with kindness” maybe there’s a reason why there’s not a lot to it, but it’s not that bad! The third one is a little interesting. I actually love this song. It’s called “Hands To Myself” and she’s talking in a very soft voice. I like the mellow beat, There’s nothing really to it, very pop but it’s unique.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to keep myself contained. Hold out until the release, but then I saw this one and it all went to hell. “Same Old Love” is another favorite of mine. I can already hum to it I like it that much. I think this track sounds kind of elegant vibe to it; classic R&B is what I’m getting out of it. I really need to learn the words now! The next one is “Sober” and I’m really torn because I like the beat better than the lyrics. Maybe it’s because I’ve heard of other songs from artists using breakups in their songs as a way to look back at their “sober” moments. If I could dance like professionally, I would use this song as a backdrop. I don’t have much to say about it, I’m sorry! The sixth song is her first single “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky. If you want to read what I thought about this song, click this. I’m not over this song yet! Next up is “Camouflage” and I really like the use of only a piano with her beautiful voice. It’s so beautiful, very proud of her for creating a very real song for people to relate. This next one appeared on Spotify a week before the album came out. I decided to hold out until the whole was released to hear it and I’m glad I did! It’s called “Me & The Rhythm” it’s another funky-R&B track. It doesn’t sound as dance-y as the first two, but it has a subtle soul beat, very difficult to describe again. I didn’t really like this one.

The last two songs are next. The ninth track is “Survivors” and it’s about time we heard something in the electronica genre. It’s not a in your face kind of beat, it’s more chill. I would consider putting it in the House category. I like the beat more than the song itself. I can’t exactly tell what she’s trying to tell us in the actual song. The last one is called “Body Heat” and I love when the first track starts off pretty slow but the last one is very upbeat and fast. I feel it’s an ideal way to end an album. This one is exactly what I like. It’s intense in every sense of the word. It has some mexican influences with the use of a guitar and wicked drums to give it some body. It definitely makes you want to get up and dance! So I love it! I am VERY impressed with this album. I only disliked two songs out of ten tracks. That’s pretty good for me!

Have you listened to Selena Gomez new album yet? What do you like or hate about it?

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3 thoughts on “Album Review: “Revival” by Selena Gomez

  1. I am freaking OBSESSED with this album. Whenever I like an artist, it’s usually really hard for me to like all their songs or not be disappointed at 1 or 2 on their album, but Selena is the bomb. I liked her before Revival and I love her even more now. And don’t get me started on the music video for same old love….afklsdkf

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