When the Sun Goes Down (2011)
Artist: Selena Gomez & the Scene
ASIN: B0057UVLQ0
Track List
1. “Love You Like a Love Song”
2. “Bang Bang Bang”
3. “Who Says”
4. “We Own the Night” (featuring Pixie Lott)
5. “Hit the Lights”
6. “Whiplash”
7. “When the Sun Goes Down”
8. “My Dilemma”
9. “That’s More Like It”
10. “Outlaw”
11. “Middle of Nowhere”
12. “Dices” (“Who Says” – Spanish version)

GENRE: Pop

TEASER LYRICS:
I’m no beauty queen
I’m just beautiful me

SUMMARY: when the Sun Goes Down is an fun, upbeat electro-pop album. It is filled with songs of heartache, love, and accepting oneself. This is the third studio album from Selena Gomez & the Scene. It ranked 3 on the U.S Billboard 200. It also stayed for an entire week in the top ten.

CRITIQUE: The majority of the songs are upbeat, dance songs. It was refreshing to hear a mature album that didn’t have to talk about sex. I am not that familiar with Gomez’s work but it seems she is maturing in a subtle way. The content doesn’t get too heavy or dark. There are some very positive messages about being yourself and loving who you are. “Who Says” is a song about body image and inspires girls to feel beautiful no matter what people might say. There are a lot of great beats and the lyrics are rather addicting. All in all this was a pretty good album.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Nineteen-year-old, Selena Gomez is best known for her chracter, Alex Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Selena Gomez and the Scene formed in 2009. Her band consists of Selena Gomez on vocals, Ethan Roberts is lead guitar, Joey Clement is bass, Greg Garman is on drums, and Dane Forrest on keyboards. Selena Gomez is also active in various charitable organizations.

ARTIST’S WEBSITE: http://selenagomez.com/home

READING LEVEL General Audiences

CHALLENGE ISSUES: N/A

DEFENSE: N/A

CURRICULUM TIES: N/A

BOOKTALKING IDEAS: N/A

WHY INCLUDED: I heard that this album was good. I was skeptical because she is usually geared towards a younger audience. I was surprised at how much I like this. I also appreciate the positive spirit throughout the album.

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