Sophomore albums are notoriously tricky propositions, but Selena Gomez's second solo album Revival breezes through to the finish line - aka the dance floor - with 11 nearly-impeccable tracks that skip from the 1960s to the 80s, to right this minute.
Gomez continues her foray into a heady mix of electronic dance music pop accessorised with rapping from A$AP Rocky, writing from Charli XCX, soulful pianos, steel drums, and her own chameleon voice, showcasking her pipes in the piano-accompanied Hands to Myself and with warm, rich vocals in the serious yet jubilant title track.
The first single, Good for You, her biggest hit to date, is a subtle electro tune. But the song's flow suffers with A$AP Rocky's bewildering (if trendy) interlude - a minor hiccup on an otherwise seamless album. Same Old Love starts off with a whimsical 60s feel, but morphs into a punchy bass dance track.
Body Heat is an odd, saxophone-infused, Latino, dance-floor scorcher; true trance-house addicts will fall for Survivors. Kill Them With Kindness is an approachable dance track, with literal bells and whistles added, while Sober brings 80s synthesisers to the fore. Overall, an inspiring return from an artist who shows she means business.