Last year didn’t bring much joy to the world, but at least pop culture witnessed many significant returns. For example, we hadn’t heard of Selena Gomez for ages until 2019, when she released her single ‘Lose you to love me,’ promoting her newest album, ‘Rare.’
The American singer started her career as a child, starring in several Disney series. It was also then that she discovered her talent for singing. The media took an interest in her, thanks to the relationship with the famous singer Justin Bieber.
During this time, Selena faced many personal problems. From a tough breakup to a kidney transplant and mental health problems. These issues forced Selena to take care of herself and have a break from her career.
After four years of waiting, ‘Rare’ is finally out, and it rose to our expectations. Selena’s battle with demons of the past through music turned out very well.
The most famous single of this album is the song mentioned above. ‘Lose you to love me’ was number one on the Billboard chart, and it tells the story of a broken heart.
Beautiful, stable performance and painfully honest lyrics stole my heart after the first hearing. Even the music video gives me the chills. There are so many emotions written on Selena’s face.
I believe that every person who knows her love story would feel touched by this song. When she sings, “In two months, you replaced us,” it’s obvious the song is directed to her ex-partner Justin Bieber.
The title song – Rare – is okay. It’s not that great, but it reminds us of our worth. It’s nice to hear songs where the artists talk about how well they feel about themselves, but in this case, it is more of a feeling of “I’m worth more than you can give me.” Maybe if people didn’t know, who is being attacked by these lyrics, it wouldn’t be so bad – but that’s not the case.
Although I must admit, Selena did a great job on “Dance Again” and “Look at her now.” Both of these songs show that every cloud has a silver lining. We all need a reminder of this sometimes. I love to listen to these songs when I’m in a good mood and full of energy. Also, the melody makes me want to dance, and I’m sure that we’ll hear these songs in many clubs!
The song “Ring” is in a similar style, but I hated it. I’ll start with a melody that at first immensely reminds me of Gotye’s 2011 song “Somebody that I used to know.” This melody comes out in a few moments, and I want to go back to 2011 right away.
However, moving on to the lyrics, all I can say is, it’s just terrible. Maybe it’s because of my beliefs. Selena shows up here as the type of feminist that everyone dislikes. A feminist who doesn’t want equality but only to be above men. Many people in the world take advantage of their beauty and greatness, but do we really have to write such rude songs about it right away?
Playing with someone’s feelings isn’t and never will be okay. There is nothing better for a person than knowing your worth and loving yourself, but not at the expense of others! “I’m breaking hearts like a heart attack. Got ’em right where the carats at. Wrapped round my finger like ring, ring, ring.”
Seriously? It shouldn’t even go public!
“Vulnerable” and “People you know” bring a little more sadness to the album. They remind listeners that not every person in their life is there for them and won’t stay forever. We’re vulnerable when we get attached to other people who don’t feel the same. As she says, “People can go, from people you know to people you don’t.” This brings me into a feeling of nostalgia.
When it comes to the rest of the songs, they didn’t really stick in my head. These are the kind of songs you don’t skip when they accidentally pop up on your Spotify, but at the same time, you don’t go looking for them. So there is quite a contrast in this album.
I think it’s incredible how her fans can witness the change in her personality and take this journey with her. There is no doubt, “Rare” is one of the most emotional and honest albums of last year. As a feminist, I love to see her development through these difficult years, to see she finally can talk about her emotions and bad experiences through music. She did a fantastic job, and I believe every woman going through a breakup or bad time in her life should listen to this album to believe in themselves and a better future because it is just overflowing with self-confidence and high self-esteem.