Selena Gomez Album Review: Revival

A look at the star’s new studio album

by Marisa Lopez (Entertainment Editor) – 11/5/15

Gomez’s Revival cover
Gomez’s Revival cover

Singer/actress Selena Gomez released her second studio album titled Revival earlier this month on October 9th. It has already climbed to the top of the charts from Billboard to iTunes and more. Gomez has been working on the record for a little over a year now and couldn’t wait for the day to share it with her fans.

Gomez’s first single off of the album, “Good For You” is a slow and sultry song featuring hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky. The song is about a woman wanting to look good for her man as a way of showing how much she loves him. The track is a jam but the lyrics fail to convey her raw emotions. It’s one of those songs where the chorus is repeated over and over again, almost as a filler.

“I just wanna look good for you, good for you, uh uh // Still look good for you, good for you, uh uh // Gonna wear that dress you like, skin-tight // Do my hair up real, real nice // Still look good for you, good for you, uh uh, uh uh, uh.” This goes on for a good chunk of the three minute song. So “Good For You,” you’re not so good for me.

The record’s second single was “Same Old Love,” an upbeat ballad about falling into the same type of emotionally abusive relationship time after time, but it still keeps a positive and empowering message.

“Take away your things and go // You can’t take back what you said // I know, I’ve heard it all // I’m so sick of that same old love, that sh*t it tears me up // I’m so sick of that same old love, my body’s had enough.” It’s an empowering message because of how she comes to the realization that she doesn’t have to put up with this kind of emotional torture anymore, and she can finally think about her well being for once.

One of Gomez’s newest tracks, “Sober,” explains the story of going through rough times with a mildly alcoholic significant other.

“You don’t know how to love me when you’re sober // When the bottle’s done you pull me closer // You’re saying all the things that you’re supposed to // But you don’t know how to love me when you’re sober.” The song holds a sentimental and mournful message as it tells you the hardships of this certain aspect of a relationship but getting through the struggle with a strong mindset and goal.

Overall, Gomez’s comeback album is a very well written one with soulful melodies and catchy beats. It’s different than any of her past work, which held more of a techno pop feel. This album is more mature and bluesy with a touch of pop. Although I don’t love every single track, I would still recommend this to all you music lovers looking for some tracks to listen to. 4/5 stars.