The Bottom Line
Selena Gomez is following in the footsteps of fellow Disney pop princesses, in particular her best friend Demi Lovato. What she continues to prove is that she has the talent and energy to match any of those who came before. "Falling Down" is a strong first single from her upcoming debut album Kiss and Tell. Her album hits stores September 29, 2009 up against legendary divas, but don't be surprised if she shows herself to be right in the game with artists more than twice her age.
- Aggressive ultra-catchy pop arrangement
- Sassy vocals
- Pointed lyrics
- Maybe a little overheated
- Single from the album Kiss and Tell
- First single with band the Scene
- Released August 2009 by Hollywood Records
Guide Review - Selena Gomez and the Scene - "Falling Down"
Wisely, Disney seems content to let 17-year-old Selena Gomez follow a fast track beyond her starring role in the show and movie Wizards of Waverly Place to stake out her own pop singing career as role. A stellar, sparkling remake of Pilot's classic "Magic" proved she can capture the imagination of both pre-teen audiences and their parents. "Falling Down" is the first proper single from her upcoming album Kiss and Tell and it is charging out of the blocks.
An aggressive drum and guitar attack with bloopy synths peeking in and out gives Selena Gomez the perfect base for delivering her words of accusation of wrongdoing as well as longing for a relationship gone bad. The mix leaves in Gomez' occasional breathless delivery that only conveys more immediacy for the song. Selena Gomez has claimed her music is a mix of Lady GaGa and her friend Demi Lovato, but this song owes a strong stylistic debt to Avril Lavigne as well.
At times Selena Gomez' performance rides along the edge of what could end up sounding a bit like parody of the sassy teen style, but like the best of artists, she already knows the lines not to cross. Not only has Disney advanced in sales and pop radio exposure for their teen pop from the days in which Hilary Duff was nearly locked out of pop radio, but also the overall quality of the music continues to march forward. "Falling Down" is a great first single. Keep an eye out for Selena Gomez as a rising pop star.