Album of the Year: ‘Revival’

There’s a new Queen to add to team #BedroomMusic.

Selena Gomez has had a steady progression with her musical career. She solidified herself as a pop heavyweight after she released 2013’s “Come and Get It” (from her album ‘Stars Dance’) then gave it one of my favorite music videos of all time. ‘Revival’ proves that she is still a pop superstar but also an artistic risk-taker with her music.

Shot from Selena Gomez’s music video for “Hands to Myself”
Selena Gomez could have easily had a successful album by making the expected dance teen pop album that she had been boxed into with her previous albums. But she took a HUGE risk and made a mid-tempo album with breathy vocals and intimate tones. I go into further detail about the album and my reactions, after its first play, with my #QuickListen review that was posted here on The Pop Pyro earlier this year. Read my review: Click Here

Deluxe Album Cover for Selena Gomez’s ‘Revival’
Selena Gomez unraveled this album better than most pop stars can these days. Every single, performance and promotion for ‘Revival’ painted the perfect picture for what this album is. And upon listening there were no surprises except good music. “Good For You” was the perfect lead single. The song was extremely successful on the Billboard Hot 100 and has over 200 million streams on Spotify alone. The success continued with her second single “Same Old Love” also topping the charts. She is currently promoting her latest single “Hands to Myself” with performances at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She just released her sexiest video yet with its video as well.

Selena Gomez performing at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
‘Revival’ reveals an entirely new facet of Selena Gomez. It’s cohesive; it’s sensual; it’s insightful; and it’s just an all-around GOOD ALBUM. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and topped many critic’s end-of-year album lists. For all of these reasons, I picked ‘Revival’ as The Pop Pyro’s “Album of the Year.”

The Pop Pyro’s pick for “Album of the Year”

Other Top-Picked Albums This Year:

Four more picks for The Pop Pyro’s “Album of the Year”

In No Order:

  • Hilary Duff’s – “Breathe In Breathe Out” One of the most all-encompassing and pure pop albums of the year. Standout tracks: “Confetti,” “My Kind,” and “One In A Million.”
  • Dumblonde’s – “dumblonde” My favorite debut of the year. This album is great from start to finish. Standout tracks: “dreamsicle,” “love blind,” and “you got me.”
  • Lana Del Rey’s – “Honeymoon” She released another flawless addition to her catalog. If you love Lana; you love this album. Standout tracks: “Music To Watch Boys To,” “Art Deco” and “Religion.”
  • Tamar Braxton-Herbert’s – “Calling All Lovers” It’s mostly an R&B album, but Tamar uses the album to prove the versatility she and her voice have. Standout tracks: “KING,” “Angels and Demons” and “Coming Home.”
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