Selena Gomez released her third album “Rare”on Jan. 10. The 13 track album signifies the meaning of losing love but also the power that comes from discovering yourself. Reviews say “Gomez dances out the toxins weighing her down” in this album and I couldn’t have described it better myself; It’s one that radiates new beginnings. It will be obvious to listeners immediately how much of herself Gomez gave to each of the songs on the album.
If anyone can show us what true resilience looks like, it’s Gomez. In 2014 and 2016, she had to break off her extended tour dates because of physical and mental health challenges. While Gomez didn’t reveal much initially, it became later known what drew her to take a break. She was diagnosed with lupus, which required her to undergo a kidney transplant. While fighting this disease, Gomez was also struggling with battling her depression.
A little over two months ago, she announced the release of her single “Lose You To Love Me,” which rose to become #1 on the Billboard charts. It goes to show that no matter how long of a hiatus Gomez takes, she isn’t easily forgotten. In “Lose You To Love Me,” Gomez belts out powerful lyrics like “I needed to hate you to love me,” highlighting how self-love should trump any other kind of love when it comes to relationships.
In her 2015 album, “Revival,” the songs appear to be a promise to herself to work on self-love and confidence. She sang about lyrics about the type of person she wanted to become. In “Rare,” Gomez shows listeners that when she makes a promise, even to herself, she intends to go above and beyond to accomplish it.
When I first heard “Lose You To Love Me,” I got the impression that her other songs from “Rare” would have a similar tempo. I expected the album to be melodramatic and depressing. However, I have never been more grateful to be wrong. The rest of the songs are positive and encouraging. It’s the kind of music that will inspire and challenge listeners to recognize how much of a priority they are making themselves.
The song that opens the album is the title track “Rare,” which also happens to be one of Gomez’s favorite songs she has written. She talked about how it essentially says “I know I don’t have it all, I’m not perfect, but I know that I deserve great, and I deserve love, and I deserve all of it, self-love.”
The song that follows is “Dance Again,” which radiates the overwhelming and incredible feeling that comes after battling hardship. One of my favorite songs is “Look At Her Now.” Instead of focusing on the pain she experienced from her breakup, Gomez chooses to acknowledge the amount of self-growth that has made her a stronger person.
“Rare” is by far Gomez’s best album. It’s unique in how it tells a story about the process of not only discovering yourself but loving who you are. The songs will stay with listeners long after they finish hearing them.
The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.