It’s time for Revival 2.0!
The last time we heard from Miss Selena Gomez, she was singing about a past lover on top of pulsating, poolside-ready beats on her thoroughly average Kygo collaboration, “It Ain’t Me.” But she’s back, and all on her own again with the impressively subtle “Bad Liar,” out on all digital platforms today (May 18).
The “Good For You” pop-diva is diving head first back into Revival territory, re-teaming with her Revival songwriting pals Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels on the fresh and minimalist, Ian Kirkpatrick-produced pop serving, which samples the bass line of the 1977 Talking Heads classic “Psycho Killer.“
“Oh tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’/ I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’/ Not to think about you/ No, no, no, no/ Not to think about you/ No, no, no, no/ Oh I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin‘,” she sings with a confident sense of poise and reserve on the infectious, finger-snapping groove. “I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’/ Oh tryin’, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’/ I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’/ Not to give in to you/ No, no, no, no/ Not to give in to you…“
The result is something that sounds like an upper-case, more sophisticated version of Selena‘s very own Revival hit “Hands To Myself,” which we already know really worked out for her the first time around. But really, I actually love this sound for Selena – instead of jumping on radio-trends like her contemporaries, she’s using strengths and enhancing what we’ve come to love from the last go-round.
“Bad Liar” sounds cool and f**king fresh, it’s as simple as that – LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!