Resource – “Vox” wrote a review about Selena’s album “Rare”, check out some excerpts from article:
“One Good Thing: The dark pop pleasures of Selena Gomez’s Rare”
This excellent album got lost in the 2020 chaos. Now is the perfect time to listen.
Back in January — remember January? — Selena Gomez’s Rare came out to warm reviews that said the pop star’s third solo studio album was her best effort to date, full of catchy, alluring songs that were equally suited to dancing at a club or hanging out at home.
Then a bunch of other stuff happened in 2020, and Rare ended up getting a bit lost in the shuffle, despite launching at No. 1 on the Billboard sales charts and scoring a No. 1 hit single in the bruised torch song “Lose You to Love Me.” A deluxe version of the album with several additional songs launched in early April, and one of the original album’s tracks (“Dance With Me”) had been slated to appear in commercials promoting the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament. But the tournament had been canceled before the deluxe version dropped, and most people had other things on their minds by the time it arrived.
Rare didn’t disappear entirely — again, it featured a No. 1 single — but it hasn’t had the impact of the year’s other major releases from pop stars of the moment, like Taylor Swift’s Folklore or Ariana Grande’s Positions.
Nonetheless, those critics who praised the album in January were right. Rare is a terrifically compelling pop album, and its biggest strength, to my mind, is the way it plays as well at home as it does in the car or would at the club, if people were going to clubs right now. And considering how thoroughly Rare centers on songs about self-acceptance or about yearning for someone you simply cannot be with at the moment, it’s proved to be an uncannily good album for quarantine.
Gomez has always crafted pop music with a slightly darker tinge than many of her contemporaries. Her ballads always bear a desperation that other pop stars might not embrace as nakedly as she does.
“Lose You to Love Me” is also in this vein. Not only is it the album’s biggest hit, but it’s Gomez’s first ever No. 1 single. It’s another song that explores the wilderness left behind after a long relationship but with a soaring chorus that suggests love is only possible with the potential of pain. That idea is not a new one in pop music, but I like the way Gomez turns it inward to declare that loving yourself is only possible if you accept that living authentically will involve a fair share of pain. (I also think the line “rose-colored glasses all distorted,” which occurs early in the song, is a clever turn of phrase.)
Rare really is the best album Gomez has made, both for the consistent quality of its songwriting and for its surprising thematic cohesiveness. It is a pop album for the end of fall, for sitting on the beach in the autumn chill at 5 am, tugging your sweater more tightly around you as you watch for the first glimmers of the sun rising in the east.
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