Stars Dance

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6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 413 Ratings

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  1. May 8, 2014
    6
    Birthday, Slow Down, Stars Dance, Come & Get It, B.E.A.T., Love Will Remember, and Music Feels Better were great, but the rest of the music? Like a Champion was annoying, and Forget Forever and Write Your Name were too repetitive. Plus, there's too much AutoTune. I don't mind Ke$ha using it, but Selena Gomez should forget it. If she didn't know of its existence, she could have been a greatBirthday, Slow Down, Stars Dance, Come & Get It, B.E.A.T., Love Will Remember, and Music Feels Better were great, but the rest of the music? Like a Champion was annoying, and Forget Forever and Write Your Name were too repetitive. Plus, there's too much AutoTune. I don't mind Ke$ha using it, but Selena Gomez should forget it. If she didn't know of its existence, she could have been a great singer today.

    Personally, I prefer her "Kiss & Tell" debut album over this.
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  2. Jul 25, 2013
    4
    I keep hoping against hope that something valid will come out of the ever-churning child star machine, but every time it seems to be the same formulaic illness, and sorry Selina you've got the fever. As with Britney and the like before her, the production is top notch, but whoever scrounged the dumpster for the song selection was playing it far too safe. Sadly this is another edition ofI keep hoping against hope that something valid will come out of the ever-churning child star machine, but every time it seems to be the same formulaic illness, and sorry Selina you've got the fever. As with Britney and the like before her, the production is top notch, but whoever scrounged the dumpster for the song selection was playing it far too safe. Sadly this is another edition of selling a slightly talented pretty face. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2013
    5
    An album almost nothing funny Come Get It feature and others but the rest is more of the same but they look something like what makes Rihanna or Britney Spears Well at least this is better than the last.
  4. Nov 25, 2013
    5
    I hope more. The singles are very good, but the others songs not at all. too much dance and empty songs to me. Selena had fun with this album, I like it but just a Little.
  5. Dec 9, 2013
    5
    It has some notable tracks, the rest are kind of bland. Plus I have to give points off for not even writing the songs yourself, I see no point in that. Selena should step it up.

    Notable Tracks:
    Birthday
    Come & Get It
    B.E.A.T.
    Undercover
  6. Feb 4, 2015
    4
    This album does not bring anything good, just irrelevant songs like Birthday, Slow Down and B.E.A.T and can be considered a joke near their previous work When The Sun Goes Down and A Year Without Rain.
  7. Jul 18, 2014
    5
    Selena Gomez now is really a gown girl, but still thinking like a little teenage... 'Stars Dance' has a good vibes, but still a homogenic album, with beats that sound the same...
  8. Oct 11, 2013
    5
    From its risque beginning ("Birthday", which composes handclaps, moans, and sexual innuendo into Gomez's wildest musical entry yet) to its ending formulaic so-and-so R&B-esque ballad "Love Will Remember" (which was reportedly written about her infamous relationship with Canadian teen pop idol Justin Bieber), Stars Dance was simply made for one thing and Gomez has made it clear in more thanFrom its risque beginning ("Birthday", which composes handclaps, moans, and sexual innuendo into Gomez's wildest musical entry yet) to its ending formulaic so-and-so R&B-esque ballad "Love Will Remember" (which was reportedly written about her infamous relationship with Canadian teen pop idol Justin Bieber), Stars Dance was simply made for one thing and Gomez has made it clear in more than one interview what that one thing is: to make you dance. But beyond that, Stars Dance never reaches for the stars (maybe it was meant to make them dance too, as the Ellie Goulding influenced title track suggests) and it has no meaning nor purpose to really exist. Gomez has also made it clear that she wishes to leave her music career behind her in favor of her acting career, which makes sense because Gomez has never really established herself a musical identity beyond the innocent Disney diva so many others her age have pursued. The cultural lead single "Come and Get It" at least solidifies the fact that Gomez can work with producers and that she can be anyone she wants to be (especially Rihanna) except herself. So overall, Gomez's "Selenators" should be more than pleased but beyond its target audience, its presence is thin. Expand
  9. Aug 30, 2013
    5
    An album full of electro and unusual sample, Rihanna's Man Down cover and a bit of nothing, the beat is good, bud is just to sell, miss the quality of this "masterpiece".
  10. Oct 8, 2013
    6
    Her debut album without her band, Selena Gomez and the Band, was released by Selena with a new, sexier, yet 'PG' rated image, which makes sense beause she is still with Disney when this album was released.
    The tracklist of the album were okay for a debut album. The sexy opening song of the album, Birthday, seems to be a more 'PG' rated version of Rihanna's 'Birthday Cake', only the song
    Her debut album without her band, Selena Gomez and the Band, was released by Selena with a new, sexier, yet 'PG' rated image, which makes sense beause she is still with Disney when this album was released.
    The tracklist of the album were okay for a debut album. The sexy opening song of the album, Birthday, seems to be a more 'PG' rated version of Rihanna's 'Birthday Cake', only the song is more catchier, more longer and the point of the song is there, it's about a freaking birthday. The closing song, Love Will Remember, is the best song to close this album. Even though it addresses to her ex, Justin Bieber, the electronic feel of the song does not feel emotional at all despite its catchiness.
    There are not much highlights of the album which is disapointing. The highlights were Birthday and B.E.A.T., a sexy song that channels Dev.
    The best highlight of the album was 'Forget Forever', which could have been a better lead single than its Indian music-inspired, Come and Get It.
    Even though it's a great debut album from Selena Gomez, it lacked diversity in its production.
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  11. Oct 29, 2013
    6
    Selena shows us what we are already tired of seeing, nonetheless, Stars Dance sounds so generic that this must be the reason that, even if not entirely, does it work at certain points.
  12. Dec 21, 2013
    5
    Admittedly, it is evident that Selena Gomez has grown from her previous album. However, to me, this album just lacks a whole lot of authenticity. Sure, the songs are great to dance to, and most of them are pretty catchy, but is this album memorable? Sadly, no. Furthermore, the heavy-reliance on production was a little disappointing; I would have loved to hear Selena's raw voice instead ofAdmittedly, it is evident that Selena Gomez has grown from her previous album. However, to me, this album just lacks a whole lot of authenticity. Sure, the songs are great to dance to, and most of them are pretty catchy, but is this album memorable? Sadly, no. Furthermore, the heavy-reliance on production was a little disappointing; I would have loved to hear Selena's raw voice instead of computers singing for her. The problem with this is that her live performances become let-downs, because she is incapable of efficiently showcasing her vocals. Selena has such a lovely voice, but her soft voice is all masked away. In saying that, if Selena chooses to venture out more in music in the future, hopefully she can lose the electronic feel and try something more acoustic. Stand-outs are Come & Get It, Save The Day and Like A Champion. Expand
  13. Jul 30, 2013
    6
    OK, its obvious no one here knows how to actually review and album. There either way too happy and fan obsessed or just a complete hater. Here's an actual review.
    Let me start by saying Selena has a iffy voice nowhere near Demi but nice and sweet to hear unlike Miley.
    01) Birthday: An awkward song trying to be sexy while still sounding kiddy (3/5). 02) Slow Down: Danceable, but gets
    OK, its obvious no one here knows how to actually review and album. There either way too happy and fan obsessed or just a complete hater. Here's an actual review.
    Let me start by saying Selena has a iffy voice nowhere near Demi but nice and sweet to hear unlike Miley.

    01) Birthday: An awkward song trying to be sexy while still sounding kiddy (3/5).
    02) Slow Down: Danceable, but gets bland after about 15 listens (4/5).
    03) Stars Dance: The title track that os both sweet yet heart shopping at the same time. A dubstep influenced song (5/5).
    04) Like A Champion: Influenced by Rihanna this Caribbean definitely gets you moving and catchy with the chorus (4/5).
    05) Come And Get It: Originally belonging to Rihanna, this Bollywood inspired song is both lyrically and production wise perfect (5/5).
    06) Forget Forever: The first song about her relationship with Justin, the song starts off slow and breathy, the moves into a large EDM full on dance hit (5/5).
    07) Save The Day: The Jennifer Lopez song that Selena got. The song is good and danceable but might have been a hit if J.Lo song it (4/5).
    08) B.E.A.T.: A wannabe Dev song that ultimately feels interesting after a couple of listens. The song isn't really original but makes up with the catchy chorus (3.5/5).
    09) Write Your Name: Sweet little song that ultimately ends up being the most forgettable song on the album and is completely understandable (3.2/5).
    10) Undercover: The catchy dance track is sure to get your body moving and have you saying "You don't need no other lover we can keep this under cover" all day everyday (5/5).
    11) Love Will Remember: Thing only ballad on the CD panned by Rock Mafia this beautiful song is amazing but this new version without the voice feels less personal then the original still amazing with the "Lo-o-oo-ooo-ove" in the chorus (5/5).
    Bonas Track:
    12) Nobody Does It Like You: The perfect dance track with beautiful lyrics and a surprising dubstep break down in the chorus (5/5).
    13) Music Feels Better: Younger then you'd think but still a good song to listen to of bored (3.5/5).
    Bonas Track:
    14) I Like It That Way: The Katy Perry-ish song comes off interesting until the chorus comes in turning the song into an overproduced song (2.7/5).
    15) Lover In Me: Just a bit better then the song before, but comes off bland and uninteresting but catchy at the same time (3.6/5)
    Demo Track:
    16) Sad Serenade: This track is not available on the soundtrack or iTunes or Amazon but can be listened to on YouTube. Sad Serenade is a sweet danceable track that could have easily replaced 9, 13-15 (5/5).

    All in all this soundtrack is all over the place from good to okay to bad, better then "Kiss & Tell" and "A Year Without Rain" but not as good as "When The Sun Goes Down". Sugared with autotune that with songs like Stars Dance and Undercover it really doesn't matter. The cover art is beautiful. But this album is little more fun then Demi Lovato's "DEMI" but not as deep. She does write about 4-6 songs. All in All 6.5 out of 10. This still so far sounds like the best pop album of the year. Should you get it? Yes if you're younger then 21 you should enjoy, but of you're older only download "Stars Dance, Come & Get It, Forget Forever, Undercover, Nobody Does It Like You, Love Will Remember, Slow Down, and Sad Serenade" if any others then just get "Save The Day, Champion, Music Feels Better, or B.E.A.T.".
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  14. Aug 28, 2014
    6
    It's cool, but it don't deserves a 10, Selena's voice is annoying, but the songs are okay. I think if this album were sung by someone else, it would be better.
  15. Sep 18, 2015
    6
    It's a nice album to dance and enjoy karaoking, but, lyrics are stupid, nothing deep, and the lots of auto-tune she used.. :/ I'll give it a 6 because the music is catchy, and songs like B E A T and Slow Down make me feel great.
  16. Jan 25, 2015
    6
    A little bit generic, Stars Dance is a quite good album, except you're gonna get tired of it eventually. Even though Selena sounds more mature on the album, it does not seem to be a good thing, considering it's the probably the worst of all her albums.
  17. Jun 10, 2015
    5
    This album is ridiculously generic, the lyrics are dumb and the production is poor. Selena Gomez left The Scene and probably let her quality go with them.
  18. Sep 10, 2015
    5
    It's basically an album that was made to be charts friendly, but not even that worked (the album was kinda a flop) anyway, it can bored you easily. No Uh-Uh.
  19. Sep 8, 2015
    6
    Slow Down, Stars Dance, Come & Get It, Undercover and Forget Forever can make a perfect EP. The rest of the songs just don't matter because they're just Selena searching her style, experiencing with urban music (Birthday, B.E.A.T.) ballads (Love Will Remember) reggae (Like A Champion), these styles don't fit with her. Also, I can't believe how an artist like Selena Gomez can make a BIGSlow Down, Stars Dance, Come & Get It, Undercover and Forget Forever can make a perfect EP. The rest of the songs just don't matter because they're just Selena searching her style, experiencing with urban music (Birthday, B.E.A.T.) ballads (Love Will Remember) reggae (Like A Champion), these styles don't fit with her. Also, I can't believe how an artist like Selena Gomez can make a BIG PLAGIARISM like B.E.A.T. is! The song is just a bad copy of Bass Down Low by DEV. Without "I Like It That Way", the deluxe songs are good. Expand
  20. Oct 11, 2015
    5
    The album is fill with so much auto tune you can't find a definite place where you are able to like any songs. but there are few songs that are enjoyable. they don't give enough support to justice the album. in which destroys the album representation completely.
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    The whirring Stars Dance is a confident but not aggressively blatant move to a more grown-up pop playing field.
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    78
    What's left, then, is a collection of 11 shinily produced pop songs that find Gomez trying on a series of different personalities with her slight-yet-capable vocals.
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    63
    Stars Dance is exactly the kind of album one makes in 2013 if you want to keep the pop sugar of the Disney tween cabal but mix in some broken glass and a club bathroom nosebleed.