A Year Without Rain [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

A Year Without Rain [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

by Selena Gomez & the Scene

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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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 has 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. [The Deluxe Edition of A Year Without Rain added three bonus tracks, including a Spanish-language version of the title track. There was also a DVD made up of videos, behind-the-scenes footage, and an extended version of the Girl Meets World documentary.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2010
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087172596
catalogNumber: 000685000
Rank: 39305

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Selena Gomez & the Scene   Primary Artist
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Nikki Hassman   Background Vocals
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Selena Gomez   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
Nikki Hassman   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Matt Bronleewe   Composer
Superspy   Producer,Engineer
Antonina Armato   Composer
Adam Anders   Composer,Producer,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
Jacob Kasher   Composer
Eric Bellinger   Composer
Rock Mafia   Producer
Jeff Halatrax   Producer
Meghan Kabir   Composer
Kay N' Dustry   Programming
Jeff Halavacs   Composer
Andrew Bolooki   Composer,Producer
Tom Roberts   Engineer

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A Year Without Rain 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Enna-Isilee More than 1 year ago
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.
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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
DarthRater More than 1 year ago
the worst album on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PaulReturns More than 1 year ago
this album is one big epic fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SMeyerIsAWhore More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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!
ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this album. I think Selena has a nice voice and my favorite song was Ghost of You.
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lilmssassi More than 1 year ago
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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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
one very annoying boring album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!