Stars Dance

Stars Dance

by Selena Gomez


Selena Gomez has carved out a pretty nice career as a pop singer over the course of a run of well-produced, well-written, and very well-sung albums that haven't always been full of smash hits, but have an overall level of quality that pushed her to the head of the Disney class. After an album, 2011's When the Sun Goes Down, that streamlined her sound into a sleek and shiny pop rocket with both eyes on the dancefloor, Stars Dance takes a (slightly) more eclectic approach. Gomez and her team of writers and producers don't stray far from the dancefloor and party jams, and these are the strongest songs on the album. It's hard to resist the jumping beats, shiny synths, and Gomez's cheery vocals on tracks like "Slow Down," "Undercover," and the disco-y "Save the Day." Even when she's lamenting her mostly broken heart, as on the thumping "Forget Forever" or the loping "Write Your Name," it's hard to keep from wanting to hit the dancefloor. The only sad song that makes you want to stop and cry a little is the seriously bummed "Love Will Remember." Like her previous albums, though, there are a few surprises this time out. Not that a song being influenced by dubstep in 2013 is really shocking, since even tissue commercials have a dubstep sound, but her take on it, the moody title track, at least does a decent job of integrating the rippling bass and thudding tempo into Gomez's world. The bubblegum twerk jam "B.E.A.T." is lots of fun, the tablas add a nice mystical touch to "Come & Get It," and somehow she doesn't sound completely ridiculous imitating Buju Banton on the dancehall jam "Like a Champion," which samples his song "Champion" -- instead, she just sounds spunky. Thanks to the strong songs, Selena's reliably strong vocals, and the variety of sounds, it adds up to be another fine entry in her catalog and just another example of why Selena Gomez is one of the best pop stars making music in 2013.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2013
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087285371
catalogNumber: 001805392

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Selena Gomez   Primary Artist
Cameron Stone   Cello
Aaron Dudley   Guitar
Livvi Franc   Background Vocals
Rome Ramirez   Guitar
Rock Mafia   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals
Freddy Wexler   Background Vocals
Mike Del Rio   Vocals
Crista Russo   Vocals

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Mark Myrie   Composer
Dan James   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Mitch Allan   Composer,Producer
Suspex   Producer
Stargate   Producer
Lincoln Wheeler   Marketing
Antonina Armato   Composer
Leah Haywood   Composer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Tim James   Composer
Clarke   Engineer
Daniel James   Composer
Danny D.   Executive Producer
John Hanes   Engineer
Arnthor Birgisson   Composer
Peter Thomas   Composer,Producer
Jordan Johnson   Composer
Matt Beckley   Vocal Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Dreamlab   Producer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
David Jost   Composer
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer
Steve Hammons   Engineer,Additional Production
Cataracs   Producer
Ester Dean   Composer,Vocal Producer
Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine   Engineer
Adam Comstock   Engineer
Livvi Franc   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,Instrumentation
Jason Evigan   Composer,Producer
Jacob Kasher   Composer
Dan Book   Vocal Producer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Rome Ramirez   Composer
Rock Mafia   Producer
Adam Schmalholz   Composer
Niles Hollowell-Dhar   Composer,Vocal Producer
Stefan Johnson   Composer
Freddy Wexler   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Marcus Lomax   Composer
Mandy Teefey   Management
Daniela Rivera   Engineer
Jonathan Sher   Engineer
Clarence Coffee   Composer
Alexander Izquierdo   Composer
Bebe Rexha   Composer
Mike Del Rio   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jai Marlon   Composer,Producer
Daniel Glashausser   Engineer
Dave Kuncio   Composer,Producer
Monsters   Producer
Strangerz   Producer
Crista Russo   Composer
Heather Miley   Composer
Partha Ray   drum programming
Dubkiller   Additional Production
Brian Teefey   Management

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Stars Dance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best album Selena's ever done. In this album, she has done songs that she hasn't done before. She is taking risks with this album and I'm sure they're going to end up as very good risks.Great job Sel!