What do you do after the success of your first solo album, wrapping your third season starring in a hit series and earning raves for your movie debut? If you’re Selena Gomez, you dance. At least, you get the world on its feet with “A Year Without Rain”. A follow-up to “Kiss & Tell,” Selena’s gold-certified debut CD, “A Year Without Rain” shows Selena and her band, The Scene, in a whole new light, this one pulsating, multicolored and ready for the mirrored ball.
Selena’s first hit single“Round & Round”is an upbeat synth-driven song about reaching the limits of indecision in love. She credits the album’s neo-techno leanings to her 2010 platinum-certified single, “Naturally”, which also became an instant hit here in the Philippines. “That track really helped me figure out where I want to be,” she says. “There’s a feeling when I perform that song that I love, so when I was going back in the studio, I had a better understanding of where I wanted to be musically”.
The album boasts songs like the plaintive “A Year Without Rain” may be more subdued, but its beauty impressed Selena enough to make it the title track.
In this album, Selena shows her matured side, but girls still wanna have fun, which is what songs like “Spotlight” “Off the Chain” and “Summer’s Not Hot” are all about. “Rock God” features none other than Katy Perry on backing vocals, while “Intuition” boasts a duet between Selena and rapper Eric Bellinger in a tricked-out double-time salute to a positive attitude.
Selena slows things down on “Ghost of You,” a ravishing ballad about a breakup so rough, no amount of “living crazy loud” can crush the memory.
On the flip side, Selena comes back strong with “Sick of You,” a Matt Squire-written and produced track about losing a loser. The album ends with “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow,” an epic power ballad expressing the creed by which Selena has built her life and career.
The Deluxe edition of “A Year Without Rain” doesn’t only include chart topping tracks but also a DVD with over 50 minutes of behind the scenes look of Selena Gomez’ life on the road on her Europe tour, behind the scenes of her photo shoot, “A Year Without Rain” Video Shoot and behind the scenes, “Round & Round” music video and “Naturally” music video.
Having her own band has been a comfort for Selena as she hits the road with “A Year Without Rain.” Scene members; Ethan Roberts (Guitar), Joey Clement (Bass), Greg Garman (Drums) and Dane Forrest. (Keyboard) back her on tour and help shape her emerging sound.
That family feeling had grown to include fans around the world, each of them all in when it comes to following Selena Gomez on her amazing artistic journey. Where’s she headed? She’ll let you know when she gets there. “I’m still figuring out who I am,” she says. “I love expressing that through music, and through film. I feel at this moment in my life I couldn’t be happier.”
Selena Gomez’ new album, “A Year Without Rain” Deluxe Edition (CD+DVD) is exclusively distributed by MCA Music.
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