Despite her best efforts, Selena Gomez seems to always be known first and foremost as “the girl who dated Justin Beiber.” The teen power couple’s tumultuous relationship was covered by seemingly every tabloid on the planet. Finally, a year after they officially split, Selena is ready to bare her soul on the deeply personal and heartbreaking new single, The Heart Wants What It Wants.
The Heart Wants What It Wants serves as the lead single to Selena’s greatest hits album, For You. This is actually quite disappointing given that the new musical direction is more interesting than anything she’s released throughout her five year discography.
Shedding the electro-pop sound we’ve come to associate with Gomez’s discography, The Heart takes her music in a dark new direction. The song broods and sulks through trip-hop beats, and sparse guitar stings, glossed over by Roc Mafia’s shimmering pop production. The result is a melancholy pop ballad that both haunts and mesmerizes in its minimalism.
The unique melody brings Gomez’s vocals to the forefront, which could be detrimental to a singer who has never been known for standout vocals. However, the song makes the most of the singer’s light and silky tone. Vulnerable and exposed, she croons out self written lyrics about being unable to separate herself from a toxic relationship. While this is far from Gomez’s best vocal performance, it definitely goes down as her most memorable, similar to fellow Disney alumni, Demi Lovato’s Sky Scrapper.
Final Score: 4/5