Album Review: 'Revival' by Selena Gomez

It's never easy to transform from an adolescent actor to an adult pop star, but Selena Gomez does it with extraordinary ease and elegance on Revival. At the age of 23, she had to show her fans that she was no longer an immature teenager but an independent woman.

Gomez chose Interscope for her debut album after leaving Disney and Hollywood Records, and she had two options. She might have followed Miley Cyrus' lead, with explicitly sexual songs and a focus on awe rather than purpose. Alternatively, she might have followed Demi Lovato's lead and created music that is secure and uplifting music, but not mature! She ended up landing in the middle with her music.

Here's an in-depth review of Selena Gomez's second solo album Revival.

Release and Background

Revival is Selena Gomez's second solo studio album released by Interscope and Polydor Records on October 9, 2015. Twelve of the album's 16 songs were co-written by Gomez, where her experience since 2013 is reflected in the album.

Revival is largely an electropop and dance-pop album with a beachy vibe. The album's lyrics explore messages of affection and courage.

Gomez's Musical Rebirth

That's the previously-known teen star's debut release outside of Disney's Hollywood Records, and it's hailed as a total musical comeback for the 23-year-old.

It's her breakthrough into pop success beyond her comfort zone, the public breakup of her relationship with Justin Bieber, and struggle with lupus. Gomez has experienced a boatload in the past years, from awful rehab allegations to being thrown under the bus as a Disney's pop singer. So, it's noteworthy to say that her album. Revival, is a total rebirth of her music and herself. Gomez's used this as a chance to answer all of her criticism and tell the public that she's a fighter.

Notable Tracks

The title song "Revival" kicks things off with Gomez declaring self-realization, and it's a wonderful indication of how far Gomez has progressed as a vocalist.

"Me & My Girls," an elevated song with Latin flair featuring Gomez's sexy vocals making it known that she doesn't need a guy to keep the fire burning inside her.

"Hands To Myself" is a truly amazing song. The claw-holding tune, produced by Max Martin, settles in your head and denies to depart. It's a brilliantly performed synth-pop track with tremendous smash possibilities.

"Camouflage" is a beautiful ballad that showcases Gomez's remarkably powerful vocals, with a profound message and an intense portrayal.

Critical Reception

Revival earned favorable reviews from music reviewers upon its debut, with many praising the album's production, musical substance, and sensual vibe. Revival was Gomez's second straight #1 album on the Billboard 200.

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