Is Selena Gomez’s new album ‘Revival’ a hit or miss? Now that it’s out, find out what HollywoodLife.com thinks about each and EVERY track!
On Friday Oct. 9, Selena Gomez‘s highly anticipated new album Revival became available to fans all over the world. With not one but two incredible singles revealed before the big release, how do the rest of the tracks add up?
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The beat on this opening track is so sick. It’s actually surprising how catchy it is, because the track begins with Selena speaking in rhymes about her own real-life revival. Even the cliche beginning can’t ruin the fact that “Revival” is an inspiring dance track that the coming-of-age will live and die for.
2.) “Kill ‘Em With Kindness”
This track was originally reported to be about her ex, Justin Bieber, but one listen to the lyrics reveals that’s just not true at all. “Your lies are bullets, your mouth’s a gun, and no war in anger was ever won,” Selena sings, clearly slamming all of the haters who have been targeting her love life, looks, and overall being for the past few years. Although the song is a bit cheesy, the music is really catchy — especially the whistle — and Selena could potentially be inspiring an entire generation to stop being so cruel to one another. Fingers crossed.
3.) “Hands To Myself”
On this sexy little number, Selena sings about her desire for someone who she calls “no good.” It’s hard not to side-eye Bieber during this one, but thankfully Selena’s various vocals are a great distraction from the song’s message. She ranges from a sexy little whisper to an excited high-note over a beat meant to bop to.
4.) “Same Old Love”
Alright, full disclosure: this is my personal favorite song. “Same Old Love” is a total jam, and in my opinion it should have been Selena’s first single off of the album. It’s just the right amount of personal struggle mixed with an inspirational beat and a chorus you want to sing at the top of your lungs with your closest friends on a great night out.
“We fell for each other at the wrong time, only for a moment but I don’t mind,” Selena starts, leaving everyone to immediately begin wondering who this track could be about. But the heartbreak the subject caused is masked by yet another dance track, which, at his point in the album, leads me to believe it’s almost intentional. Selena has opened up on this album unlike any other, but listeners will be so distracted by the music that the personal lyrics will remain hidden.
6.) “Good For You”
Everyone’s heard “Good For You” by now so no matter what I say about it you likely already have an opinion. It’s a sexy little ballad in which Selena reveals her desire to make one lucky person very, very happy in a number of ways. However, the first single seems somewhat misplaced among the various dance tracks.
Okay, this one hurts to listen to… and no, not because it’s bad. It’s absolutely beautiful, and raw, and reveals the heartbroken side of Selena she keeps locked up and out of the public’s eye. If you’ve ever been in a troubled relationship, the lyrics in this song will trigger emotions you might not be ready to face. (Personal opinion: This song is 125% about her relationship with Justin and how much trouble she’s had saying her final goodbye.)
8.) “Me & The Rhythm
This 70’s inspired dance track reveals another side of Selena we don’t often get to see: her sexual side. “Everybody wants to be touched, everybody wants to get some,” she sings, and you can almost see her swaying back and forth in the recording studio to the rhythm. Selena’s no longer a Disney tween, she’s a woman, and if Revival only gets one message across she definitely wants it to be that one.
This track might just be Selena’s go-to BFF anthem. “We are survivors,” she sings proudly, praising a special someone for picking up her broken pieces and putting them back together. Although we may never know what any of these songs are truly about, this one has a real “shoulder to cry on” feel that celebrates true friendship over past and/or present love.
10.) “Body Heat”
Just like “Me & The Rhythm,” Selena is once again singing about her sexual desires. The track has a Latin sound mixed with a dance beat that drops during each chorus. It’s a fun track celebrating Selena’s sexuality, and no one can complain about that!
This track is a total surprise. It starts off with a slow mix, and then when the chorus kicks in so does it’s island beat. It’s another inspirational track just like the album’s title track “Revival,” and the only downside is when the music itself dies down and Selena speaks to her listeners. It’s an unnecessary break in an otherwise perfect track.
12.) “Me & My Girls”
This one is for her chicas! No, literally, that’s one of the first lines in this track which is yet another BFF/girl power/self-empowerment anthem. Although it’s all about her spending time with her “girls,” the track has a flirty sound that feels inspired by late nights and open bars. “I’m going home with who I came with, and who I came with ain’t you,” Selena tells a potential suitor whose chances are much slimmer than he realizes. You go, girl!
Selena’s heart was obviously poured into this one, and it’s clear that this is an ode to the greatest love she’s experienced so far. But, the best part about this song is that it’s not sad. There are no tears, there is no heartbreak, it’s just facing the cold, hard reality that even your greatest love is not always your forever love. Is it about Justin? That feels obvious, but chances are we’ll never really know. That’s between Selena and the music.
Unfortunately, “Perfect” seems to be about betrayal. “I can taste her lipstick and see her laying across your chest,” Selena sings, wondering if she should be “more like” whoever the mystery woman is. There is nothing more painful than loving a someone who isn’t yours and yours alone, and that’s where “Perfect” hits the nail on the head. On this track Selena reveals that even someone as gorgeous as her knows what it’s like to constantly compare yourself to the “other woman.” The track is real and filled with emotion, which makes it, well, perfect.
Be sure to download your own copy of Selena’s Revival so you can decide for yourself what you think of each song.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Which of the songs on Selena’s new album are your fave? Do you agree or disagree with my review? Comment below with your thoughts!
— Lauren Cox