‘Stars Dance’ Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has gone into a studio and recorded her new album Stars Dance, which consists of 11 pop songs she didnt pen herself backed by instruments she isnt playing. It might be fun for the causal young summertime listener. But it begs the important question: Why bother?
Artistically, theres very little Selena Gomez here. This is merely the veneer of Selena Gomez, the look and feel of the pop starlet set atop a middling musical effort. There are lightly emotional lyrics that appear to reference her high-profile romance with ex Justin Bieber, but it is surface stuff and less than revealing.
Gomezs lead single and Billboard top 10 hit, the catchy Come & Get It, is about the best offering here.
Stars Dance is the 21-year-olds first album without her band The Scene. She sings the word baby 22 times and dream 27. She makes stars dance on, wait for it, Stars Dance and takes on a hokey, reggae-inflected tone on Like a Champion. If the pace fuels your body with dancing energy, then Gomez has done her job.
Indeed, this feels like a job. This feels like a vibrant young woman of Disney pedigree simply punched the clock and worked through an already cooked musical plot foisted upon her. Gomez might be an incredibly talented and interesting person with much to offer artistically, but well never find out at this rate.
– Ron Harris, Associated Press