Selena Gomez - Rare
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #13 / 19
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Based on 552 ratings
2020 Ratings: #35
January 10, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

For all its heavy messaging, lightness actually feels like the album’s hallmark: an anti-weighted blanket of breathy vocals and zero-gravity synths that consistently float above pop’s sonic slipstream.

80
AllMusic

Rare proves that when she has strong songs and the producers get a little weird, she's just enough outside the mainstream to sound fresh.

80
Rolling Stone

Gomez re-enters public life with grace and clarity, two very rare finds indeed.

80
musicOMH

Rare is an album about liberation and finding your own path and Gomez sounds more confident and bold than she ever has.

70
Paste

Gomez is a force, an artist who continues to fight her bad odds, and is finally letting us get a little closer to the battle.

68
Pitchfork

Selena Gomez’s third album is a smooth and confident pop record that delves deep—but not that deep—into heartbreak, resilience, and self-love.

67
Consequence of Sound

Gomez’s return is filled with some great pop music, but falls short of what we suspect she’s capable of.

60
The Independent

There is a lot to like about Rare. But it never quite gets out from beneath the shadow of half a decade of behemothic bangers.

60
NME

Blips aside, ‘Rare’ is a beautifully confident return from one of pop’s most underrated stars, and a quietly defiant wrestling back of the narrative surrounding her.

60
Slant Magazine

Despite glimmers of authenticity throughout the album, it’s hard to discern who Gomez is, musically or otherwise.

ColinAndrews
28
God, I hope this doesn't get lost in the absolutely massive sea of bots.

What an absolute hypocritical trash can. Listen, I'm aware that Selena has gone through an incredibly difficult time, and I definitely feel for that. Plus, she seems like a genuinely sweet and down to earth person in interviews. But god, this album makes zero sense. 75% of the tracks are her talking about how she's not going to let anyone walk all over her and learn from her mistakes. And then, the other 25% is her ... read more
FlavioAKARayman
69
It's not bad, but sure it could have been a lot better. Lose You To Love me should have been the closing track and A Sweeter Place the opening one. Other than that, the first half is considerably more consistent and entertaining compared to the second half. Lyrically it's not out of this world but it's her most personal album to date
100
better than revival
hiphopcritiques
72
Was NOT Expecting This.

This album is GOOD. Going into this I was expecting it to be better than usual Selena but not THIS much better. Almost EVERY song on here is a bop besides a couple tracks. This is the definition of what a call FUN pop music. Let me tell y'all about RING. If you are a dude and want to feel like a bad bitch. That song is for you. And the outro track with Cudi. JESUS it's so soothing and SO good. Selena really showed that she isn't just a generic pop artist on this record. ... read more
MariellyAkarius
43
"See? I'm Over Justin's Ass": The Album
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Track List

  1. Rare
  2. Dance Again
  3. Look At Her Now
  4. Lose You to Love Me
  5. Ring
  6. Vulnerable
  7. People You Know
  8. Let Me Get Me
  9. Crowded Room (feat. 6LACK)
  10. Kinda Crazy
  11. Fun
  12. Cut You Off
  13. A Sweeter Place (feat. Kid Cudi)
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