Selena Gomez & the Scene - When the Sun Goes Down
There comes a point when a Disney or Nickelodeon star tries to make the transition to official recording artist. This is Selena Gomez's moment.
Musically speaking, Gomez is no Miley Cyrus or Vanessa Hudgens - that's because she's better. She's got a decent voice, and showcased that on last year's "A Year Without Rain," a pop ballad that still sounds good.
There's nothing as good as that on When the Sun Goes Down
, Gomez's third album with her band the Scene.
"Who Says," a song about self-worth, is the best track. It's the lead single, but there aren't any other songs like it. For the rest of the disc Gomez is typical, offering radio-friendly tunes about "dancing forever" and partying till "the sun goes down." How original.
Gomez gets help from some heavyweights: She has writing credits from Britney Spears and Katy Perry, but those tunes sounds like leftovers.
She's better off collaborating with singers who have yet to reach diva stardom: Singer-songwriter Priscilla Renea co-wrote "Who Says," and English singer Pixie Lott lends a hand on the enjoyable groove "We Own the Night."Mesfin Fekadu covers entertainment for the Associated Press. Follow him at http://twitter.com/musicmesfin