Selena Gomez, Stars Dance

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 07.24.13 in Reviews

Stars Dance

Selena Gomez

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.

A Disney-raised actress uses her right to make a dubstep album

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.