Selena Gomez - Rare
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #675 / 857
User Score
2020 Ratings: #1012
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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.

80
Evening Standard
Gomez’s own, assured voice rings out on this 13-track record that flirts with R&B and electro — and is mostly killer, very little filler.
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

KIDWITHGUNs
70

GREAT!

I only came for Cudi... but then I realized the rest of the record is pretty heat!

Selena Gomez, for those who are living under a rock... used to be your everyday teenage witch and had gone by "Alex Russo". She lived happily with her two parents and her siblings, and they would often catch up on mischief and go on wacky adventures all the time.

Until one day Disney decided that they should go ahead and have their own full-length film called "Wizards of Waverly Place ... read more

FlavioAKARayman
64

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

Folkevermore
80

Overhated masterpiece

57

Some good tracks, some mediocre and some unlistenable. Super inconsistent album

jmixer
68

1. Rare (8.0/10)
2. Dance Again (8.0/10)
3. Look At Her Now (7.5/10)
4. Lose You To Love Me (10/10)
5. Ring (3.0/10)
6. Vulnerable (8.0/10)
7. People You Know (8.5/10)
8. Let Me Get Me (6.5/10)
9. Crowded Room (6.0/10)
10. Kinda Crazy (7.0/10)
11. Fun (5.5/10)
12. Cut You Off (6.0/10)
13. A Sweeter Place (5.5/10)

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Track List

1Rare
3:40
74
2Dance Again
2:50
72
3Look At Her Now
2:42
66
4Lose You To Love Me
3:26
82
5Ring
2:28
70
6Vulnerable
3:12
76
7People You Know
3:14
68
8Let Me Get Me
3:09
59
9Crowded Room
3:06
with 6LACK
73
10Kinda Crazy
3:32
63
11Fun
3:09
52
12Cut You Off
3:02
72
13A Sweeter Place
4:23
feat. Kid Cudi
71
Total Length: 41 minutes

Year End Lists

#5/Idolator
#5/People
#22/Billboard
#24/Rolling Stone
#30/Uproxx
#45/The Guardian
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Added on: November 21, 2019