Selena Gomez – “Revelación” Review

Story posted March 18, 2021 in Arts & Entertainment, CommRadio by Jimmy Lu

Selena Gomez has always been one of pop’s most underestimated artists.

The 28-year-old from Grand Prairie, Texas, dropped her first Spanish EP “Revelación” last week. Gomez explained that she has been wanting to release a full Spanish project for 10 years.

Recorded almost completely over Zoom and in Gomez’s home studio, the EP sees Gomez with a newfound confidence as she embraces her Mexican heritage. She replaces the dance-pop sound that the singer is famous for with reggaeton, R&B, and electr0-pop-infused tracks.

“Revelación”' opens with “De Una Vez,” an alternative pop/R&B song that discusses themes of self-love, empowerment and independence. The song can be seen as Gomez’s way of saying she has moved on from the past, especially since her last project “Rare” details her emotional battle over the years.

The EP also contains some of Gomez’s most flirtatious tracks to date. In songs like “Buscando Amor” or “Vicio,” the reggaeton beat and Latin pop influence are undeniably present, and it adds to the sensual lyrics and music.

“Baila Conmigo” and “Dámelo To” both feature Latin rappers: Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers. Gomez has proven that she works very well in collaborations and duets since her earlier singles such as “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Charlie Puth.

The last track on the EP, “Selfish Love,” is the second collaboration between DJ Snake and Gomez since their hit song “Taki Taki.” The song sees Gomez back in her element with the tropical house and dance-pop productions.

Lyrically, “Adiós” is one of the strongest tracks on the EP. The song is a kiss-off anthem that sees Gomez saying goodbye to her past lover but in a playful, savage way, unlike anything we have seen from the singer. “Adiós” draws a great comparison to Gomez’s last lead single, “Lose You to Love Me,” with one showing a more vulnerable side and displaying full independence.

The EP is sonically more cohesive than “Rare” and lyrically stronger than most of her previous work. Gomez has never been the strongest singer, but she has found the sound that works best with her breathy vocals and unique tone; all of the songs feel intimate and warm.

“Revelación” is arguably Gomez’s best work to date. It’s an EP full of Latin pop bangers that are fun, sexy and confident. Although the singer has displayed interest in retiring from music,“Revelación”  shows that Gomez is capable of artistic growth and pushing herself to try something new.

Rating: 7/10

Reviewer’s favorite songs: “De Una Vez,” “Vicio”

Reviewer’s least favorite song: “Dámelo To” ft. Myke Towers

 

Jimmy (Chien-Hsing) Lu is a senior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email jfl5603@psu.edu.