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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. Jan 13, 2020
    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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  1. Jan 10, 2020
    10
    Is a wonderful and powerful album. Selena is a amazing artist, i love Vulnerable and Crowded Room.
  2. Jan 10, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Guys, this was better than I tought it would be! There are many different sounds, the lyrics are good, true and so vulnerable! Rare is catchy, pop, dreamy; Dance Again is more dark, but also linked to what she’s been through; Ring and Vulnerable are hits!!! Then we have People You Know: this song relates to me to the MAX!!!
    Let Me Get Me, Kinda Crazy, Fun and Cut You Off are simply genius song, a mix of genres, very pop but always truthful song!
    And then we have Crowded Room and A Sweeter Place: I have to be honest, I was expecting more with the 6lack feat, but A Sweeter Place is lit!!! I’ve listened the album twice now, and I’m honestly so proud of Selena! Peace out
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  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
    Selena Gomez's maturation is remarkable on this album. For a person who enjoys calm and slow music, Rare is undoubtedly a great choice.
  5. Jan 13, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Her best work for sure! Lyrics are really good, production are amazing and also her vocals. The album is so relatable and also so fun. Best pop album in years! Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2020
    10
    I’m surprised I love this album. I really thought I wouldn’t like it but I did. My favorite songs are lose you to love me and people you know.
  7. Jan 10, 2020
    0
    Ruim demais, não supriu com os 4 anos de espera, minha opinião galera!!!!

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