When “It Ain’t Me” dropped, it caught me off guard… and blew me away. I was pleasantly surprised. From the vibe of the song, to the lyrics, this was a VERY different sound for Selena. “Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning”… those sound like lyrics a Halsey-type-artist would sing, not a former Disney star.
I know what Selena Gomez haters will say. She has access to the best writers and producers that money can buy, she SHOULD be turning out hit after hit. But there’s more to it than that. Even if you’re not writing your own lyrics, it’s STILL not easy crafting your sound… selecting the right lyrics to sing, and the right beat to sing over. It takes time to fully understand your voice and how it should be utilized. I guess what I’m trying to say is… being able to know what song is a hit, is as much of a talent as writing one.
Selena Gomez now knows she’s the mid-tempo queen. She knows which songs compliment her voice, and which don’t. “It Ain’t Me” was followed by “Bad Liar” and “Fetish”… which, in my opinion, were both home runs as well. I’m starting to know what sound I can expect from Selena. I think for the first time ever, we’re getting close to being able to say, “That sounds like a Selena Gomez song”… something that up until this point, you couldn’t do.
Vanity Fair recently referred to Selena Gomez’s new body of work as her ‘eccentric phase.’ I hope it isn’t a phase though. I hope it’s like I said above… it’s Selena finally knowing who she wants to be as an artist, and the sound she wants to deliver to the world.
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—Mike Adam/92.3 AMP Radio