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By Abby Del Vecchio
Revival: Restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength; an improvement in the condition or strength of something.
Selena Gomez opens her second solo album, “Revival,” with a clear message. She is not the same person she used to be.
The spoken lyrics from her song, of the same name, “I dive into the future / But I’m blinded by the sun / I’m reborn in every moment / So who knows what I’ll become,” are the first words you hear on this album. Which is fitting for someone who says she has undergone changes in the past few years.
Selena transitioned into a young woman in what is arguably the classiest manner when compared to some of her former child star peers.
Take the album cover, for example. Gomez is topless, sitting down with her hands covering her chest, wearing minimal makeup in a black-and-white photo. The photo is “artsy” and not in an ironic way. She really looks like a work of art in the picture.
The name of the album is fitting too for Selena’s new beginning. “Revival” shows that Selena is ready to grow up and she proved it.
The lead single off the album, “Good For You,” is still one of the best and strongest songs off the album, even after hearing it for months on the radio. It’s a catchy, sexy, feel-good song that is so fitting for this new Selena.
“Hands to Myself” is another song that makes the listener feel, well, sexy. If the album could be summed up in one word that word would without a doubt be “sexy.” Selena’s soft breathy voice open ”Hands to Myself” and guarantees the listener a good time for the three-ish minutes the song plays for. The best lyrics in the song: “Can’t keep my heads to myself / I mean I could but why would I want to?” are backed with a beat that makes you want to move in your seat while you’re driving.
“Perfect,” one of Target’s bonus tracks, is a beautiful, almost tragically sad ballad about wanting to be the woman your man is seeing behind your back. It is a very honest song and the lyrics are beautifully picturesque: “I can taste her lipstick / and see her laying across your chest / I can feel the distance / every time you remember her fingertips / maybe I should be more like her.”
No, Selena does not have the best vocals in the music business. But she has a star quality, and always has. And her talent cannot be denied. It seems that this transition from teenage star to sexy young woman has worked well for her. A “Revival,” indeed.