If any Disney-raised actress has earned the right to make a dubstep album, it’s Selena Gomez. The formerly squeaky clean star of Spring Breakers — Harmony Korine’s hypnotically transgressive hit film about good girls who create the vacation of a lifetime by doing very bad things — found inspiration in the form of the soundtrack’s composers Skrillex and Cliff Martinez, as well as Britney Spears, the icon of post-Mickey, post-good girls everywhere, whose music and vibe SB pays explicit tribute to in hilariously surreal fashion.
To wit, her first solo album since leaving her band the Scene starts with “Birthday,” which sounds like a Skrillex remix of a double dutch chant mashed up with every Britney hit. “Blow your dreams, blow your dreams, blow your dreams away with me,” she whines, in a voice that is more bratty than seductive.
“Birthday,” and all that follows it, boasts Spring Breakers‘ neon plastic aesthetic. “You know I’m good with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” brags Nurse Gomez in the Cataracs-produced “Slow Down,” one of several Ke$ha-eque anthems that paraphrase the film’s party-’til-you-puke dialog and glow-stick beats. There’s Bhangra, electro and oodles of effect-crazed Eurodance until the sole semi-ballad, “Love Will Remember,” an appropriately garish reminiscence of her ex, Justin Bieber. Make of it what you wish that’s it’s the most forgettable track.