When The Sun Goes Down

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
You'd be forgiven if you thought Selena Gomez & the Scene's third album in three years, 2011's When the Sun Goes Down, might show signs of a dip in quality control due to cranking out albums so quickly. You'd be wrong, though, because When the Sun Goes Down is actually an improvement over 2010's Year Without Rain. Where that record tried to position Gomez as a more serious and adult artist with varying levels of success, here she's back to mostly being a young and breezy, happy-go-lucky pop singer. With a couple exceptions, the songs are sassier, lighter, and more fun. Her vocals are more spirited, the arrangements less reliant on heavy synths, and overall, there's a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
You'd be forgiven if you thought Selena Gomez & the Scene's third album in three years, 2011's When the Sun Goes Down, might show signs of a dip in quality control due to cranking out albums so quickly. You'd be wrong, though, because When the Sun Goes Down is actually an improvement over 2010's Year Without Rain. Where that record tried to position Gomez as a more serious and adult artist with varying levels of success, here she's back to mostly being a young and breezy, happy-go-lucky pop singer. With a couple exceptions, the songs are sassier, lighter, and more fun. Her vocals are more spirited, the arrangements less reliant on heavy synths, and overall, there's a more playful feeling to the record that's more in keeping with her first album. She bubbles her way through dancefloor-friendly tracks like "Bang Bang Bang" and "That's More Like It," smolders a little (on her duet with Pixie Lott "We Own the Night" and "Middle of Nowhere"), and comes on like a convincing disco diva on "Hit the Lights." The only stumble is the overly earnest empowerment anthem "Who Says," which comes off a little stiff and out of place. It's a tiny speck of a flaw though; the rest is really solid and fun modern pop with sharp hooks and a couple surprises, namely the stomping jam "Whiplash," which channels Goldfrapp's electro glam and throws in a charmingly odd spoken word section that for some reason is done with a British-y accent. It adds some welcome weirdness to an otherwise straightforward record, and shows how easily and successfully she can slip into different personas and styles. Perhaps a bit too easily, as ultimately, Gomez has yet to stake out an identify all her own: a point driven home in the album's booklet, which features Gomez in a series of images of her in different guises, from Ann-Margret-style sex kitten to 1930s film star. She seems to be acting out the songs, more than actually feeling the emotions she's singing about. Which is perfectly fine for disposable pop albums, but if she wants to make a real impact, she'll need to dig a little deeper or stake out her own territory. That's for the future, though. For now, as long as she makes records as good and as much fun as When the Sun Goes Down, everything will be fine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087239404
  • Catalog Number: 001351792
  • Sales rank: 763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love You Like a Love Song (3:08)
  2. 2 Bang Bang Bang (3:15)
  3. 3 Who Says (3:15)
  4. 4 We Own the Night (3:47)
  5. 5 Hit the Lights (3:15)
  6. 6 Whiplash (3:39)
  7. 7 When the Sun Goes Down (3:16)
  8. 8 My Dilemma (3:09)
  9. 9 That's More Like It (3:08)
  10. 10 Outlaw (3:21)
  11. 11 Middle of Nowhere (3:26)
  12. 12 Dices (3:17)
  13. 13 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Selena Gomez & the Scene Primary Artist
Selena Gomez Indexed Contributor, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrew Goldstein Synthesizer
Leyla Hoyle Background Vocals
Greg Kurstin Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar
Espen Lind Guitar, Keyboards
Jimmy Messer Guitar
Nicole Morier Background Vocals
Meleni Smith Background Vocals
Sandy Vee Keyboards
Lindsey Harper Background Vocals
Pixie Lott Vocals, Background Vocals
Priscilla Renea Background Vocals
Brooke Adams Background Vocals
Rock Mafia Background Vocals
Carmen Michelle Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Garcia Digital Editing
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Mark Portmann Vocal Producer, Spanish Adaptation, Vocal Editing, Vocal Recording
Brian Reeves Vocal Recording
Billy Steinberg Composer, Producer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Howard Willing Vocal Recording
Scott Roewe Pro-Tools
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Nigel Lundemo Digital Editing, Vocal Editing
Carlos Castro Vocal Recording
Emanuel Kiriakou Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Espen Lind Composer, Engineer
Antonina Armato Composer
Britney Spears Composer
Edgar Cortazar Vocal Producer, Spanish Adaptation
Leah Haywood Composer
Josh Alexander Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Tim James Composer, Digital Editing
Noel Zancanella Programming, Instrumentation
Daniel James Composer
Steve Sulikowski Composer
Nicole Morier Composer
Sandy Wilhelm Composer
Toby Gad Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Meleni Smith Composer
Jesse Shatkin Engineer
Jon Vella Programming
Steve Hammons Engineer
Damien Lewis Engineer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu Composer, Producer
Katy Perry Composer
Sandy Vee Producer, Vocal Producer
Nick Steinhardt Art Direction
Selena Gomez Composer
Pixie Lott Composer
Francis Murray Engineer
Amund Bjorklund Composer
Joey Clement Composer
Tony Nilsson Composer
Steve Jacobi Photo Production
Rock Mafia Producer
Adam Schmalholz Composer
Carmen Michelle Key Composer
Priscilla Hamilton Composer
Thomas Armato Sturges Composer, Producer
Stefan Abingdon Composer, Producer
Carmen Michelle Vocal Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Selena's 3rd album

    Of the songs I have heard so far from this album, I think the whole album will be great.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    this album is not even released and yes it is one big let down

    selena gomez and the scene are trying to rip off big name bands but yet whenever selena gomez and the scene release a new album selena and her band always fail thats true and a given fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene always fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    selena gomez and the scene always fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    this album stinks selena gomez and the scene stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    selena gomez and the scene always fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

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    this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    selena gomez and the scene = posers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene fail yet again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    selena gomez and the scene fail yet again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene = posers

    this album is going to be horrid and lame and yes overproduced yet again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i already heard songs that are going to be on the album that leaked seriously early

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Best Selena Gomez CD yet!

    Selena Gomez & The Scene are my fav band! this cd is amazing!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    lame album by the posers known as selena gomez and the scene

    this album is one big epic failure selena gomez and the scene = posers fakes frauds and of course hacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene = posers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the worst thrid studio album ever made in music history selena gomez and the scene have been epic failures since 2008-present thats the real truth and a given fact

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    Not looking forward to it.

    I usually look forward to her CDs because I'm a big fan, but after listening to a few of the songs that are going to be on this album on youtube, i was very disappointed. I might not even bother to buy it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene prove yet again that they fail on many levels

    selena gomez and the scene always fail this is another overproduced albums her last 2 albums were also overproduced selena gomez will always fail selena gomez is the next william hung

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    another overproduced album by selena gomez and the scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    another overproduced album by selena gomez and the scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

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    another overproduced album by selena gomez and the scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    another overproduced album by selena gomez and the scene and yet again her singing fails on many levels and she is one of the worst singers on earth she reminds me of william hung!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2011

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    this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    selena gomez & the scene = posers,fakes,frauds,hacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

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    selena gomez & the scene have been failing since 2008-present

    pathetic just utter pathetic selena gomez and the scene have been failing since 2008-present

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene fail yet again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    selena gomez and the scene = fakes frauds hacks and of course posers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 selena gomez and the scene have been failing since 2008-present

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene have failed yet again

    selena gomez and the scene = fakes frauds hacks and of course posers this band has been failing since 2008-present

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene = epic fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    another overproduced album by selena gomez and the scene aka the posers the fakes the frauds and of course the hacks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    selena gomez and the scene = posers,fakes,frauds,hacks

    selena gomez and the scene = epic failures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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