A Year Without Rain

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Selena Gomez's debut album wasn't a breakout success, but it proved to be a long-running one. Indeed, when the follow-up, A Year Without Rain, was released a year later, Kiss & Tell was still riding high at number 58 on the Billboard Top 200. That album's mix of frothy teen pop with super-catchy choruses, excellent production, and Selena's sweet yet powerful vocals proved popular with both critics and the public. A Year Without Rain is similar in many ways but also very different in some important ways. Where Kiss was lighthearted and fun, Year is less fun and more serious both lyrically and musically. It feels like someone in her camp decided that it was time to ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Selena Gomez's debut album wasn't a breakout success, but it proved to be a long-running one. Indeed, when the follow-up, A Year Without Rain, was released a year later, Kiss & Tell was still riding high at number 58 on the Billboard Top 200. That album's mix of frothy teen pop with super-catchy choruses, excellent production, and Selena's sweet yet powerful vocals proved popular with both critics and the public. A Year Without Rain is similar in many ways but also very different in some important ways. Where Kiss was lighthearted and fun, Year is less fun and more serious both lyrically and musically. It feels like someone in her camp decided that it was time to position Gomez as more grown up, time to leave behind the sunny, good-time appeal and get a little more "real." There are no peppy new wave or spunky emo-pop influences, only a couple songs that aren't about serious longing and heartbreak, and an overall feel of melancholy heaviness. Even the uptempo, relatively happy songs like "Off the Chain" have a minor-key, slightly gloomy feel. Partly this is down to arrangements that favor the kind of thick synthesizers that any self-respecting pop song had to have in 2010. Where Kiss sported a slightly retro feel and plenty of guitars in the mix, Year is totally of the moment, right down to the Auto-Tune and the guest raps. The shift in sound may come as a disappointment to anyone who loved Kiss, but this is still a very good pop record. Once you realize it's going to be a different kind of listen and you get used to the mood, it's easy to fall back in love thanks to Gomez's consistently strong vocals. She has plenty of power in her pipes, but never oversings or gets too heavy. There's nothing she can do with the embarrassingly corny Katy Perry-penned song "Rock God," but it's fun to hear her soar sadly through the chorus of the title track or bounce giddily through the speedy "Summer's Not Hot." She handles ballads perfectly too, giving "Ghost of You" lots of emotion but stepping back right at the edge of overdoing it. You get the feeling that she could sing just about anything convincingly, that she could be built for the long haul and not just a quick cash-in. That's why the decision to make a record that sounds like so many other 2010 releases is a bad one. There would have been no shame in trying to recapture the more diverse and more fun approach of Kiss & Tell -- it is a formula that is a proven winner, after all. If A Year Without Rain was Selena's first album, it may not have reached that same level of success. Then again, an album full of songs as catchy and as well sung as "Round & Round," "A Year Without Rain," and "Off the Chain" just might have done the trick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087149628
  • Catalog Number: 000462502
  • Sales rank: 1,350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Round & Round (3:06)
  2. 2 A Year Without Rain (3:54)
  3. 3 Rock God (3:08)
  4. 4 Off the Chain (4:03)
  5. 5 Summer's Not Hot (3:05)
  6. 6 Intuition (2:58)
  7. 7 Spotlight (3:31)
  8. 8 Ghost of You (3:23)
  9. 9 Sick of You (3:24)
  10. 10 Live Like There's No Tomorrow (4:10)
  11. 11 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Selena Gomez & the Scene Primary Artist
Selena Gomez Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
Nikki Hassman Background Vocals
Windy Wagner Background Vocals
Isaac Hasson Bass, Guitar, Strings, Keyboards
Kara Britz Background Vocals
Eric Bellinger Vocals, Rap
Brooke Adams Background Vocals
Daniel Heløy Davidsen Guitar
Chelsea Davis Background Vocals
BG5 Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Nicky Chinn Composer
Jon Lind Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Shelly Peiken Composer
Brian Reeves Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Nikki Hassman Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Matt Bronleewe Composer
Nigel Lundemo Digital Editing
Antonina Armato Composer
Adam Anders Composer, Producer, Digital Editing, Vocal Arrangements
Printz Board Composer
Andrew Fromm Composer
Lindy Robbins Composer
Matt Squire Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Tim James Composer
John Hanes Engineer
Travis Huff Engineer
Fefe Dobson Composer
Peer Astrom Composer, Programming, Producer
Victoria Horn Composer
Kevin Rudolf Composer, Producer
Toby Gad Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Jonas Jeberg Composer, Producer
Steve Hammons Engineer
RedOne Composer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu Composer
Katy Perry Composer
Nick Steinhardt Art Direction
Lucas Banker Composer
Rasmus Seebach Composer
Adam Comstock Engineer
Mher Filian drum programming, beats
Superspy Producer, Engineer
Eric Bellinger Composer
Rock Mafia Producer, Digital Editing
Jeff Halatrax Producer
Meghan Kabir Composer
Kay N' Dustry Programming
Jeff Halavacs Composer
Jaco Kasher Composer
Deyder Cintron Digital Editing
Andrew Bolooki Composer, Producer
Tom Roberts Engineer
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Best Album EVER

    I am 18 years old and I cannot stop listening to this album. Her song are really catchy and they seem to be touching yet cool at the same time. I have to say this is her best album ever. I love all the songs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

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    this album was already in the bargin bin the day it got released!!!!!!!

    selena gomez and the scene are lame dumb pathetic and unintelligent the music they make makes you wanna puke thats how terrible it is selena gomez only co wrote 2 songs on all 3 of her albums since shes not a good songwriter her songwriting skills must be utterly pathetic she lets the producers do all the work for her shes not very hands on when making albums or movies this disney brat will be forgotten in the next 100 years

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

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    the worst album on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the worst album on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    this album is one big epic fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is one big epic fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    this album seriously is overproduced

    selena gomez and the scene are back destroying the music industry with their wannabe metal persona selena gomez is the worst singer in the world and her back up band is full of posers and wannabes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    selena!

    my favorite songs are a year without rain, rock god, round and round, sick of you ,off the chain, and spotligth! selena is my favorite actor. beatiful girl! prettier than miley! this cd has 10 songs. and she has some boys singing with her.

    sincerly,
    selena fan!

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

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    Good album

    I liked this album. I think Selena has a nice voice and my favorite song was Ghost of You.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    I kinda like it

    I saw the video for Round and Round on the disney channel. I liked the song so I heard samples of the cd. I notices that it wasnt bad so i bought the cd. So far, I like the cd. If you are a huge fan of the Disney channel and everyone on there, you may love this cd.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very boring album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very annoying boring album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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