by ELISE FANTIN
When The Sun Goes Down is the latest musical offering from Disney star Selena Gomez and her band Selena Gomez & The Scene. Now, if you’re not sure who Selena is, here is a quick refresher; she has been in Barney & Friends (yes, that show with the purple dinosaur), a few kids movies and most noticeably she had a starring role in Wizards of Waverley Place and, oh yeah, she’s also dating Justin Bieber.
But back to her music, this album is actually the third studio offering for the band (who knew?) which consists of Ethan Roberts (Guitar), Joey Clement (Bass), Greg Garman (Drums) and Dane Forrest (Keyboard). The music is mostly squeaky clean pop and falling in love, tough breakups and self-belief are all central themes throughout the 12 songs. Selena must be commended for experimenting with style as there is a good mix of slow ballads and energetic catchy tunes, showing her versatility as an artist. A definite 80s vibe is apparent throughout the album with the use of synthesisers a favourite.
The lead single is Who Says and with its catchy rhyming lyrics it’s one of those tunes you can’t get out of your head for days. Other tracks, including Love You Like A Love Song, Bang Bang Bang and When The Sun Goes Down, follow the tradition of young artists singing about what they know – relationships and parties – and whilst nothing earth shattering here it’s not a bad effort for someone so young. Plus listeners also get a bonus track which is Who Says in Spanish and it is well worth a listen. ‘The Scene’ part of the group (aka the boys) tend to be overlooked so it should be mentioned they accompany Selena’s vocals well and there is some notable work on the keyboard.
The band certainly pulled out all of the stops for this album with not only Gomez herself writing some of the songs, but Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Pixie Lott all contributing. This also gives an indication of the overall sound of the album. Targeted at teen girls When The Sun Goes Down will not disappoint, but those outside of this bracket is anyone’s guess. A solid effort by Selena and her crew and it definitely won’t be the last we see of this Disney favourite.
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