ALBUM TITLE : REVIVAL
ARTIST : SELENA GOMEZ
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
This is the record that gave Selena Gomez her second number 1 album on Billboard 200 Chart. It is an unexpected and expected feat. The former when you consider the competition especially among female artists that only a few can manage to hold on to their popularity and the latter when you consider that this album is not your usual Selena’s record especially that she is in transition from a teenager to an adult.
Instead of overhauling her image and persona to maintain her popularity steam through her records, Selena decided to embrace a character here. Thus, in the whole record you find her fiery, ferocious, and domineering musically and lyrically. You will find and feel her strong in character despite songs that asks her to be smooth, beg, and clamor for emotions. This emotion or character is already evident from the first song “Revival.” You can feel the sincerity when she deliver her spell on self devotion.
In “Kill Em With Kindness,” she did not plea for change instead she opted to back off and avoid possible physical abuse with a probably violent partner. You might think that this is a love song from her dedicated to her present and future romantic partners. “Hands To Myself” is her declaration that she is indeed already an adult and she has the control if she wants to be all over with somebody or not. And she tried to be strong given the fact that the man she wants to sleep with is crazier than her in “Outta My Hands (Loco.) In this song, she really insisted that it is her decision no matter how crazy it maybe.
The desire to control and inspire other women to do the same (control their future) is very evident in the song “Same Old Love.” She speaks of not letting a one sided love affair dictate her romantic future. Indeed there is always a choice. She even went further with this control thing in the song “Body Heat” where she declared that “all I need is your body heat next to me.” It is like shamelessly telling somebody that you like sex and do not care where and when. The song “Good For You” might be a deviation of character but when you analyzed the lyrics she is still in control when she said that “I just wanna look good for you.” The operative word is want not because that she has to.
If there is one song that could be confessional from her, it could be “Camouflage.” Listening to the whole song and its lyrics is like reading her mind and getting the whole picture with her previous love affair with you know who. And she also gave some hints on how wild she could be in songs “Me and The Rhythm” and “Me and My Girls.”
Indeed the whole album is declaration of maturity by having control as the central theme of this record. It works thus, I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 4 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it