Selena Gomez
Stars Dance


2.0
poor

Review

by TheCalebRobinson USER (20 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2015 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A generic and mediocre debut solo album from an artist capable of so much more.

Selena Gomez has certainly come a long way from staring on the hit Disney Channel show "Wizards of Waverly Place." As another cog in the Disney machine, it was no surprise that she became a pop star after "Wizards of Waverly Place" had reached its end. "Stars Dance" is Selena Gomez's attempt to shake off the stigma of a Disney Channel star and go into edgier territory, and it doesn't really work. The album is too generic, and Selena Gomez plays it way too safe for any significant change of public opinion to take place.

Compared to her previous group, "Selena Gomez and the Scene," which was arguably a pop-rock band, "Stars Dance" has many EDM influences. Very rarely do you hear a song off of the album that has an actually instrument in it. While there are a couple impressive bass drops to found here, most of the album consists of generic sounding "pop drops." For example, the song "Slow Down" has a decent enough build up, but is eventually reduced to a generic sounding pop beat with a chorus that mostly consists of the word 'woah.'

As is the case with most pop artists, the songwriting in "Stars Dance" is laughable. It would be unfair to pin this fault on Selena Gomez herself, as she likely didn't write her own music. Nevertheless, the poor songwriting does leave a negative impact on the album as a whole. With lyrics like "it's all I want to do/come and dance with me/pretty please," it's hard to imagine that Gomez is trying to shake any sort of innocent image. In fact, none of this album has any sort of edge to it, there wasn't even a single swear, which gives the impression that all "Stars Dance" is is another over-produced album aimed at pre-teens in an attempt to make the record studio as much money as possible.

Nothing in this album has any personality to it. Not once did I hear a song and think to myself, "only Selena Gomez could have pulled off this song," because literally every song on this album could have been done by any of today's pop artists with equal results. There are even one or two songs that sound like direct rip-offs of others. For example, the song "B.E.A.T." is an obvious copy of "Bass Down Low." It's a surprising step down from Selena's earlier work with "Selena Gomez and the Scene," because especially in their first two albums, Selena gave off this really friendly and charismatic vibe that was fun to listen to. You won't find any of that in "Stars Dance."

Not all of the album is bad though. Even despite the lack of personality and humorously bad songwriting, you can't deny that almost every song off this album is catchy in its own way. And like I mentioned earlier, there are a few impressive bass drops to be found in this album with songs like "Birthday" and "Come and Get It." Gomez's vocals are pretty good too; rarely is it obvious that she benefitted from auto-tune. Not to say that this album is auto-tune free, but it isn't used nearly as often as other pop artists.

Overall, "Stars Dance" is a mediocre pop album that is a surprising step down in Selena Gomez's post-Disney Channel career. While there are songs to tap your foot to and plenty of choruses that will get stuck in your head, the poor songwriting and lack or originality make this album very forgettable.

Highlight Songs: Birthday, Come and Get It

NOTE: This album is under the wrong name. Selena Gomez recorded this album as her first solo effort, she was no longer with "Selena Gomez and the Scene."



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tunaboy45
June 22nd 2015


16583 Comments


If I never need an excuse to kill myself, I know where to go.

miketunneyiscool123
June 22nd 2015


5518 Comments


"Nothing in this album has any personality to it. Not once did I hear a song and think to myself, "only Selena Gomez could have pulled off this song," because literally every song on this album could have been done by any of today's pop artists with equal results."

Ain't that true about MOST "singers" these days?

"Overall, "Stars Dance" is a mediocre pop album that is a surprising step down in Selena Gomez's post-Disney Channel career."

When was her career ever a step-up? 0.o

Alright review.

Snake.
June 22nd 2015


21057 Comments


Ain't that true about MOST "singers" these days?




the fact that you said this completely unironically...

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

miketunneyiscool123
June 22nd 2015


5518 Comments


Shouldn't be ironic at all.

FlyheadMetal
June 22nd 2015


2422 Comments


i actually have this cd hahahaha got it for free

miketunneyiscool123
June 22nd 2015


5518 Comments


I bet you jam it in the shower like everyday. XD

TheCalebRobinson
June 22nd 2015


88 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@miketunneyiscool123 maybe it's just me, but I thought her first three albums, (first two especially) were pretty good. That's why I considered this to be a step down.

miketunneyiscool123
June 22nd 2015


5518 Comments


NAH NAHNAH NAH
NAH NAHNAH NAH
NAH NAHNAH NAH

SHE AIN'T BAD REALLY, BUT SHE'S GOT NO IDENTITY OF HER OWN.

theBoneyKing
June 22nd 2015


15490 Comments


I'm sorry, but my entire response to "Come and Get It" is "Nah nah nah nah". Awful song.

Alright review [2], a few typos. Also, it reads more like a 2.5 than a 2.

Edit: I would also put the note at the end, not the start, or even find a way to work it into the review. It kind of distracts from the review as it is.

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TheCalebRobinson
June 22nd 2015


88 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I took your advice @theBoneyKing and put the note at the end rather than the beginning. After reading your comment and going back and reading over my review, I decided it would be better off that way, thank you.

theBoneyKing
June 22nd 2015


15490 Comments


You're welcome

EnyaFangirl
June 22nd 2015


1694 Comments


is she 15 yet

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

miketunneyiscool123
June 22nd 2015


5518 Comments


HAHAHAHAHAHAH She's like 21 or something I think.

Welcome to 6 or 7 years ago! XD

Ninjask
June 22nd 2015


493 Comments


Mike bro, you and your basic self really need to calm down.

EnyaFangirl
June 23rd 2015


1694 Comments


dude relax

idontcareaboutthis
June 23rd 2015


952 Comments


isn't it her fourth

idontcareaboutthis
June 23rd 2015


952 Comments


if it takes you four albums to get to this point why even try

idontcareaboutthis
June 23rd 2015


952 Comments


you have really weird taste in music. i don't get why you listen to selena and miley when tom tom club exists

idontcareaboutthis
June 23rd 2015


952 Comments


ehh around here that's pretty normal. what i meant is that you enjoy stuff many would consider heavily derivative of earlier material

idontcareaboutthis
June 23rd 2015


952 Comments


after going through your 4-5's i still stand by my original point



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