By Nancy Sanchez-Diaz
Selena Gomez did it again — she’s delivered another vulnerable, yet graceful album. Only this time, she’s done it in Spanish.
“Revelación,” released on March 12, is Gomez’s first Spanish-language record. It follows her fifth studio album “Rare.”
The first single to be released off the album, “De Una Vez,” stays true to Gomez’s delicate, soothing vocals. It is a post-heartbreak anthem, one that embodies strength and closure in moments of raw vulnerability.
While “Rare” delved into heartbreak and the journey to finding herself again, Selena’s new-found confidence and persona shines through in this new work as she returns to the topic of love but with a new perspective.
Drawing on the fun beats of reggaeton music for songs like “Baila Conmigo,” and “Damelo To,” her Spanish-language work serves as a striking contrast to her latest English-language singles “Lose You To Love Me” (2020) and “Vulnerable,” (2020) where she bares her soul in pop confessionals.
In “Damelo To,” featuring Latin music hitmaker and Puerto Rican star Myke Towers, Gomez taps into her flirty side. Gomez’s hypnotic vocals, along with Tower’s sweet signature sound, make for a catchy, summertime song that leaves listeners wanting more.
Staying true to the flames of love and romance, “Vicio” also encompasses a delicate yet sensual rhythm to the song. “Adios” has remnants true to Gomez’s signature pop sound, and reflects on saying goodbye to an old love, exuding passion, authority, and closure.
Revelación is not the Mexican-American singer’s first stab at recording music in Spanish. She has released Spanish versions of her hits “A Year Without Rain” (2010) and “Who Says” (2011), according to Rolling Stone.
She has also recorded a duet tribute album with her namesake, Tejana legend Selena Quintanilla.
Gomez became a force in Latin music in 2018 from her feature on DJ Snake’s global smash “Taki Taki” with Cardi B and Ozuna.
This time, in Revelación, Gomez fully encapsulates the contemporary sounds of Latin pop to emit strength and confidence while staying true and authentic to her signature delicate, pop sound. She no longer looks back and instead thinks to the future, embracing her Mexican culture as a source of healing and masterfully merging both her cultures into one album.
Art by Nancy Sanchez-Diaz