The Bottom Line
18 year old Selena Gomez has become the most consistent Disney pop hitmaker in recent years. "Who Says" has become her fourth straight single to debut inside the pop top 40. She has not reached these achievements through gimmickry or pandering to an audience. She has succeeded with quality, straightforward pop songs. "Who Says" is no different even though it feels a bit like jumping on a current pop theme bandwagon.
- Selena Gomez' winning vocals
- Bright, catchy instrumental arrangement
- Irresistible chorus
- Lacking in originality
- Yet another self-esteem anthem
- Written by Emanuel Kiriakou and Priscilla Hamilton
- Produced by Emanuel Kiriakou
- Released March 2011 by Hollywood Records
Guide Review - Selena Gomez and the Scene - "Who Says"
Self-esteem oriented pop anthems have become so ubiquitous at this point in time that it is starting to feel a bit like a pop music glut. Bring on some sad songs or sappy love songs, please. The message in the lyrics to "Who Says" is a positive one. It's all about recognizing yourself as a beautiful person despite what others might say or think. That sentiment is laudable, but in the current pop environment it is starting to feel a bit trite.
Musically, however, "Who Says" is quite charming. The "Na na na na na" chorus coupled with "I'm no beauty queen. I'm just beautiful me" is irresistibly catchy. Selena Gomez' increasingly mature vocals go down quite easy as well. Add in sympathetic, but not overpowering, string accents and "Who Says" sounds like a gem on the radio.
The producer and co-writer of "Who Says" is Emanuel Kiriakou. Among his recent hits include David Archuleta's #2 hit "Crush" and Nick Lachey's top 5 smash "What's Left Of Me." He gives "Who Says" a strong, professional, polished sound. While this song breaks no specific new ground for Selena Gomez, it should keep her momentum moving along as one of the top young pop performers. This song is an excellent choice for pre-teen pop fans with its positive message and clean concept. Once again Selena Gomez hits a sweet spot of creating pop songs that are positive for kids and likely something their parents will enjoy hearing.