Compact Review: Selena Gomez’s Revival

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Selena Gomez – Revival
Released: October 9, 2015
Rating: 70/100

The meticulously engineered Disney route to pop stardom is flat, predictable, and only occasionally ends someplace interesting. Miley Cyrus’ shockingly impressive Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz is a wild exception to the rule. Recent material from the current crop of post-Disney starlets (Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, etc.) has been largely unremarkable, despite their collective streak of wildly successful singles. As recovering music snob, I am always trying to keep an open mind and 2015 has already had a few delightful pop surprises (I’m looking at you Carly Rae Jepsen) so I decided to give Selena Gomez’s sophomore album a spin based on the strength of the lead single “Good For You”. A perfect summer single, “Good For You” is powerful, sexy and confidently understated. There is a palpable tension that lingers throughout the song and the lack of a…

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Andy Stone

I started writing record reviews in my college dorm room in 2006 and now I'm all grown up and still can't seem to break the habit. Founder of Compact Discography and co-founder of Compact Culture.

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