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Selena Gomez, ‘My Dilemma’ – Song Review

Selena Gomez
Hollywood Records

Selena Gomez‘s new song ‘My Dilemma,’ from Selena Gomez and The Scene’s forthcoming album ‘When the Sun Goes Down,’ veers of course a little for the teen queen. It’s more of a sexy, Britney Spears-style than recent songs like ‘Who Says’ — Gomez’s bouncy, effervescent, “love yourself,” positive empowerment anthem that you can’t expunge from your brain no matter how hard you try!

‘My Dilemma’ is as an alternately breathy, vulnerable and dance friendly song. The beats are more than a little synthetic and the song also contains studio-treated vocal parts, namely in the song’s chorus.

“I know what I know / And I know you’re no good for me / I know what I know / And I know it’s not meant to be / Here’s my dilemma / One half of me wants ya / The other half of me / Wants to forget it,” Gomez sings.

It’s the age-old, push ‘n’ pull battle of human nature; The war within one’s self that develops from knowing that something isn’t working, but you keep holding on because you always want what you know you can’t have. Gomez effectively sets the idea that you want to run away to safety, but you can’t help yourself and are too attracted to the thrill of the chase in this frothy, teen-appropriate song.

‘My Dilemma’ ends with Gomez singing “It’s you, it’s you, it’s you,” which makes it feels like there is no resolution to her situation. Kind of like real life, no? Despite the tension in the lyrics, the song boasts an overall upbeat vibe.

Listen to Selena Gomez and the Scene, ‘My Dilemma’

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