Likes: Stars Dance, Come & Get It, B.E.A.T., Love Will Remember
Overall: Nothing distinctive or memorable, background dance music
Believe it or not, Selena Gomez has put out an album pretty much every year since 2009. Disney and its affiliate music label, Hollywood Records, have broken a sweat trying to make this actress a pop sensation. In spite of the exertion, it seems her more successful connects (she’s on again, of again with teen heartthrob Justin Bieber) have helped more than her team ever could as her newest release, “Stars Dance,” does nothing to escalate Gomez to a distinguishing, contending level. Indistinct, over-processed vocal and cliché (ex. “Nobody Does it Like You,” “Write Your Name”), repetitive (ex. “Birthday) lyrics leave the ear nothing to grasp for but the music, which is just a polished sampler of electro-pop and dubstep patterns (albeit occasional interesting international flair from the islands, the middle-east and South America). Thematically, “Stars Dance” is one long song about “feeling the moment” in the club when you have someone you’re attracted to close. Some tracks break away slightly; I think “Like a Champion” is supposed to be inspirational, but it’s also so flirtatious, one can’t be sure. The title track serves its purpose, being the strongest of the set. It has a seductive edge and some musicality (strings) with an “I’m Every Woman” concept, as Gomez sings about being one to love because she’s all powerful. “Stars Dance” has the type of music you hear in the background of a club scene on TV or the big screen. Unless you need some “throw it on” music or own a dance bar, I wouldn’t spend money on it.