Selena Gomez’s New Album Is Definitely Rare

A comeback after the singer's five-year break

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The album cover of Selena Gomez's wonderful new album, Rare.

After a five-year break battling her ongoing lupus and a kidney transplant, Selena Gomez bounces back with her new album Rare. Releasing on January 10th, the album provides a cohesive and raw sound regarding a past love, confidence, and self-acceptance.

This album is my diary from the past few years. It’s the most honest music I’ve ever made and I can’t wait for you to hear my heart.”

— Selena Gomez via Twitter

Selena Gomez completely throws away her past troubles into this new album, focusing on only love and moving forward. She starts this with “Rare,” one of the album’s singles and first track, which is a fun sneak peek into what the rest of the album is going to be about: self-love. The song reintroduces the typical Selena Gomez vibe we are used to in her previous albums, but in this song, specifically, she talks about how she deserves better regardless of her imperfections. “I don’t have it all / I’m not claiming to / But I know that I’m special.”

Gomez continues this self-love and moving on energy in other songs as well, such as “Dance Again.” It starts off as a song that sounds sad but quickly changes to an upbeat rhythm about finally being able to let loose again. “Look At Her Now” also does this, discussing a past toxic love and how she could do better. “Of course she was sad / But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet / Took a few years to soak up the tears / But look at her now, watch her go.” She discusses how the relationship shaped her and helped her grow as a woman, like she does in “Cut You Off” as well. As these songs all have the catchy beat that will get stuck in your head all day, they give a fun vibe that just makes you want to move.

While Gomez moves on through this album, she still includes some sad songs about her past showing that the hurt will never leave. “Lose You To Love Me,” the album’s hit single, is an example of this, where Gomez reflects on realizing that a past relationship was toxic for her and that she’s now better off. “I gave my all and they all know it / Then you tore me down and now it’s showing” and later on “I needed to lose you to love me.” This song is a perfect sad song for those reminiscing over something in the past, but knowing that it’s better off without it.

The alternate album cover on the album’s Target Exclusive version.

Moving on from the happy and the sad, Gomez resorts to “Fun”. Not even discussing her past love, she seems to find a new person to distract her for the time being. “You may not be the one / But you look like fun.” The song shows Gomez liking another person and enjoying the time with them, along with her seeming to just have a track that she could have fun on. This song is another song that makes the listener want to move to.

Gomez closes the album in “Feel Me” by returning to the same love she addresses throughout the album, but this time looking past her love for herself and the harmfulness of the relationship. She focuses on the permanent heartburn that she wants her ex-lover to have, reminding them what they missed out on. “Every time your lips touch another / I want you to feel me / Every time you dance with somebody / I want you to feel me.”

This album is one of my new personal favorites of 2020 and I keep finding myself coming back to it. Selena Gomez provided a perfect album that flows together seamlessly with songs about love, fun, heartbreak, and perseverance for her listeners and I strongly recommend anyone to listen to it, granted they’ll find at least one song they like.