Let’s be honest with ourselves, shall we? For years, Selena Gomez was like the adorable kid sister that you let perform for you and your friends because she just had so much passion. You thought she was cute walking past her on the street but immediately forgot you had even seen her moments later. Selena Gomez always feels familiar but never memorable.
That all changed in June 2015 when she released “Good For You (ft. A$AP Rocky).” Upon first listen, you weren’t sure what to feel because…it was Selena Gomez. Who? Taylor Swift’s sidekick? Should you like Taylor Swift’s sidekick’s new song?
You should have and you did.
Then she released Revival, a massive Pop album which was largely co-written by Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. This album completely changed the course of Selena’s music career. I love Pop music but I was also the first to admit that I didn’t want to admit I was a Selena Gomez fan. She was too…cheesy! Michaels and Tranter worked some serious magic, though. Each track they co-wrote for Selena is sensational.
After some random one-off tracks that don’t deserve to be mentioned, the kids are back again and causing more trouble with “Bad Liar,” the lead single from her upcoming album.
Over the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” bass line, Gomez’s vocals touch on various topics including the battle of Troy and obsession. From the first spoken-sung phrase to the final moment, Selena doesn’t let you go. As she begins to purr the pre-chorus, a lop-sided grin appears on your face. “Wooo/You’re taking up a fraction of my mind/Wooo/Every time I watch you slip in time (or ‘slip inside’ or ‘serpentine’).”
Homegirl wants herself a goddamn hit record!
Yes, Selena has officially entered the territory where she can be weird yet keeps her mainstream appeal. It’s refreshing because “Bad Liar” shows this young woman’s confidence and growth. If this is any indication as to what the rest of the album will sound like, I am officially on standby for its release.