on 4 July 2011
If you combined the pop rock sensibility or Kiss & Tell with the catchy electro of A Year Without Rain, the end result might be When The Sun Goes Down, Selena's most mature effort to date.
Love You Like A Love Song- The album opens with the electro elegance of Love You Like A Love Song. Rock Mafia prove to us what makes them the Juggernauts of pop music. The lyrics are consistent, in that they talk about a love interest in musical way, which helps to make this song as good as it is. The production is slick & Selena's vocals show how far they've come since her 2009 debut.
Bang Bang Bang - One of the 3 songs co-written by Gomez. Originally intended for A Year Without Rain, this song easily draws inspiration from Scottish electro duo La Roux. While in the music that's easy to see with it's wild, rollercoaster synths, sadly the lyrics don't match up. Long-time Gomez fans will recall a song titled "I Won't Apologize", a song with a good message but lyrically weak. Sadly this song is rather similar in that sense, but in it's nice to see Selena trying.
Who Says - This is as close as you're going to get to a ballad on this album. One of Selena's most mature tracks to date (Others being "Ghost Of You" and "Live Like There's No Tomorrow"). Completely stripped of the electropop that the band is known for performing, they treat us with a sweet acoustic guitar driven Pop Rock/Contemporary R&B song about being perfect the way you are.
We Own The Night - The album's duet track, this song features and was also co-written by British singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, and where Pixie is, Toby Gad is never far behind. Lott and Gad have given Selena a standard Pixie song, intelligent lyrics, well written melodies and consistency on this laidback Pop/R&B song. The girls' vocals blend very well together and provide another example of how well Selena's voice is improving.
Hit The Lights - One of my favourite songs on the album. Co-written by Leah Haywood, who is responsible for Alison Iraheta's "Pieces" and Ashley Tisdale's "Masquerade" so I was expecting good things. And I was not disappointed. The song is an electro, raise-your-glass tune for the summer about enjoying the now rather worry about what's happened or what will happen.
Whiplash - I think many people have been excited for the one, as it was a song originally recorded (co-written) by the legendary Britney Spears. The song was originally recorded for Spears' "Circus" album. Co-written by Greg Kurstin (Marina & The Diamonds, Ke$ha, Little Boots, Nelly Furtado etc) & Nicole Morier (Sky Ferreira, Miranda Cosgrove, Wynter Gordon), with the songs they have on their resume, it's easy to expect great things from this song, and you'd be right to do so, because it features the infectious hooks, hard hitting beats and catchy lyrics that Spears is known for. Selena made a wise choice in this song, not only has she picked herself a potential hit, but also we've been given a song that was originally set to be binned.
When The Sun Goes Down - The title track where we find, not only Selena on the writing credits but also Joey Clement; The band's bassist. It's easy to see why this song was chosen to provide the title of the album; It's a feel good song, the message is in the same vein of We Own The Night and Hit The Lights, which is having a good time in a night club.
My Dilemma - This song is very Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted era, with a touch of Katy Perry, so I guess it's somewhere between "Hook Up" & "Long Shot". It's got a slight anthemic feel to it. This foot-stomper will easily have you singing and dancing before you realise it's started.
That's More Like It - A Year Without Rain got "Rock God", WTSGD gets "That's More Like It", Katy Perry adds more of her addictive songwriting skills to one of Selena's project, and like it's predecessor, it's a sassy piece of Electro pop rock that's the perfect girl-power song as it's about having a boyfriend tending to the girl's every need.
Outlaw- The last song Selena wrote on, and probably some of her best lyrical work. This song is very Britney, when she draws influence from 80's techno.
Middle Of Nowhere - A good way to close the album, but something doesn't quite add up. While the big beats on this techno track are quite addictive, the vocal layers don't quite match up to each other, as they sound like different people on the chorus. Nevertheless, it's good enough to make you want another album already, and by the way Selena's been progressing, I'm sure the next one will be great.