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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the pop artist features guest appearances by 6lack and Kid Cudi (plus Kygo, Gucci Mane and Marshmello on special editions).
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 10, 2020
    93
    It’s hard to think of a more dramatic example of how far Gomez has come musically in nearly five years: “Rare” is one of the best pop albums to be released in recent memory, and — as it does for artists ranging from Robyn and Charli XCX to Max Martin’s more adventurous productions — it feels like that term does a discredit to this sophisticated, precisely written and expertly produced music.
  2. 83
    A varsity-squad production team, including various Max Martin-affiliated Swedes and the ace songwriting duo of Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, bring their considerable contributions — though their job, of course, is to make Gomez sound like nothing less than her own woman: a girl interrupted but now returned, in Rare form.
  3. Jan 14, 2020
    80
    The record she has delivered to kickstart a new decade is a career defining release, and from a pop star who is firmly back on top of her game.
  4. Jan 13, 2020
    70
    Rare is most effective when it glistens.
  5. Jan 14, 2020
    68
    While none of these 13 songs attempt the subtle weirdness of “Bad Liar” and the emotional thesis—self-love!—can be a bit one-note, Rare is the 27-year-old’s most cohesive record to date. ... But it’s difficult to come away from Rare with any real perspective on who Gomez is other than that she doesn’t want to be the person she was, whoever that similarly mysterious shadow was.
  6. 67
    Gomez’s return is filled with some great pop music, but falls short of what we suspect she’s capable of. She sticks to similar themes as she did on Revival, instead of exploring different sounds as she did with 2018 single “Back to You” and 2017’s “Bad Liar”.
  7. 60
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Jan 10, 2020
    10
    Rare Is an album about love, love herself and her fans, she worked and inspired in this album, her best album ever
  2. Jan 10, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The best album ever!! Every song is not only BOPS but they actually mean something and you feel connected to them unlike many others... Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Its so song , my top 3 fave songs are crowded room , ring , LYTLM. It's really worth the wait and the production is fantastic Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2020
    10
    Es ¡Excelente! Me gustó mucho y es muy lindo y me encantan las canciones!!!
  5. Jan 11, 2020
    10
    Incredible lyrics and soft vocals. This entire album is bursting with originality. The name is fitting for this RARE piece of art work. SoIncredible lyrics and soft vocals. This entire album is bursting with originality. The name is fitting for this RARE piece of art work. So proud of you Queen Expand
  6. Jan 13, 2020
    10
    An album with a wide variety of sounds and styles, which show how versatile Selena Gomez is.
  7. Jan 10, 2020
    0
    generic pop coupled with copied samples makes the promise of personal album a real disaster especially given the sheer amount of composers.generic pop coupled with copied samples makes the promise of personal album a real disaster especially given the sheer amount of composers. Worthy of an album made of discarded songs Expand

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