Selena Gomez, Revival
Selena Gomez, Revival

Selena Gomez Finds New Strength on ‘Revival’

Pop superstar, Selena Gomez has found her voice and her renewed strength on her latest album Revival.Released on October 9, 2015, Revivalis solid artistic work that showcases Gomezs growth and maturity over the past few years as she has struggled with personal issues in the heat of the spotlight. This album has offered her the opportunity to find herself again and she is sharing her story of empowerment on each track. The record coveys a modern-pop sound with hints of electronic dance music and notes of her authentic roots. It does sound like a departure from her previous work; however, it is a welcomed change as Revivalradiates truth and honesty which is a beautiful melody in itself. In part, this is due to Gomezs hand in writing eight of the fourteen tracks on the deluxe version of the album, thus telling her story as she intends.

The album begins with the title track with Selena talking, I dive into the future, but Im blinded by the sun. Im reborn in every moment, so who knows what Ill become.The track is a slow, soft, experimental record where Gomez singing the powerful chorus: What Ive learned is so vital, more than just survival; this is my revival.This song is a statement and message from Selena to herself and the world, showing her true strength and love she has found within herself.

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Revivalleads into Kill Em With Kindness,a relaxed yet upbeat pop track reminiscent of Britney Spears on her album Britney Jean.This track also compares similarly to Gomezs previous hit singles from her solo work and her work with her band Selena Gomez and the Scene who released three albums before Selena began her solo projects. Kill Em With Kindnessis a motivational record to build a nation of love.

A similar sound continues into Hands To Myselfwhich features a unique singing style from Gomez that is light and airy.

Notable tracks throughout the album include the stadium-sound Soberand the chillingly beautiful piano ballad Camouflage,a song in which he get to see Selenas vulnerable heart. Body Heatholds a sound reflecting Jennifer Lopez on her album A.K.A.’ “Riseis the final track on the standard edition of the album and is another uplifting message from Gomez, singing to us You can rise like the air!The groovy yet relaxed tune of the song conveys the message of the song perfectly.

Revivalby Selena Gomez is a simply beautiful album, led by its passion and inspiration from the artist, empowering the listener to finding a revival within themselves. Its safe to say this is Selenas best work yet.

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