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When the Sun Goes Down is Selena Gomez & The Scene's third and last studio album that was released on June 21, 2011 by Hollywood Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Love You Like A Love Song 3:08
  2. Bang Bang Bang 3:15
  3. Who Says 3:16
  4. We Own The Night (featuring Pixie Lott) 3:47
  5. Hit The Lights 3:14
  6. Whiplash 3:40
  7. When The Sun Goes Down 3:16
  8. My Dilemma 3:10
  9. That's More Like It 3:09
  10. Outlaw 3:22
  11. Middle Of Nowhere 3:27
  12. Dices ("Who Says" - Spanish Version) 3:16

Album BackgroundEdit

On March 18, 2011, in an interview with MTV, Gomez revealed: "The third record is really fun, and there's a song called 'Hit the Lights' that I love, and it's basically about every missed opportunity that you've had. But it's also a dance track. There's a lot more depth [on this album]".

She also revealed British recording artist Pixie Lott and German producer Toby Gad had both penned tracks for the album, while confirming its release for Summer 2011.

A few days later, Gomez revealed her team and the band "haven't decided [a] title [yet for the album] and we're dealing with the album artwork, 'cause it is very different and I'm growing up. It's a lot more mature".

MTV News later confirmed that Britney Spears had also written a song for the album titled "Whiplash"

On June 1, 2011, the album's name, "When the Sun Goes Down" and the track listing were revealed through Gomez's official website.

After several songs from the album started to leak online, Gomez posted several video messages on her YouTube official channel featuring commentaries about each song of the album.

CompositionEdit

The first track, "Love You Like a Love Song", was written by Antonina Armato, Benjamin Dherbecourt, Tim James, Adam Schmalholz, and produced by Rock Mafia & Devrim Karaoglu.

The song contains deep, whispered vocals and incorporates a eurodisco rhythm and a soft dubstep influence. Gomez described the promotional single "Bang Bang Bang" as fun and cheeky.

It is made up of 1980s electro-disco synths and sees Gomez praising her new boyfriend while mocking her ex. The track was also compared to British electropop duo La Roux's 2009 hit song "Bulletproof."

"Who Says" is an acoustic self-empowerment anthem where Gomez extends kindness and sympathy to her critics.

"We Own the Night" was written by Toby Gad and Pixie Lott (who is also featured on backing vocals). The track has a largely acoustic, harmonic sound paired with escapist lyrics in the style of Jimmy Buffett.

"Hit the Lights" written by Leah Haywood, Daniel James, Tony Nilsson and produced by Dreamlab is a dance song about overcoming anxiety and living in the moment.

Britney Spears composed the album's sixth track titled "Whiplash". It is an electropop song described as electro glam that is about an intense romance, featuring transportation imagery.

The song has gained notability for Britney Spears' involvement in the composition, Gomez' faux-English accent in the spoken word verse before the chorus, and for being one of the band's more mature songs.

The title track features the use of electric guitars and stuttering synthesizers.Gomez stated that "When the Sun Goes Down" held a special meaning for her and her bass player, Joey Clement, because of their collaborative involvement in the track's composition. Gomez commented: "I got to rewrite the bridge of it as well. It felt like we got to do that as a band."

The eighth track on the album is "My Dilemma", a Kelly Clarkson-esque pop rock song about conflicted feelings towards a potential breakup.

"That's More Like It" is penned by Katy Perry and was inspired by American women of the 1950s and their relegation to domesticity.

In the song, Gomez demands that her negligent man does the cooking, cleaning, and housework, commanding him "Make me dinner and bring it to me."

"Outlaw" is a bleak cautionary tale and revenge ballad lyrically similar to Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova" and Lady Gaga's "Monster".

The lyrics also make use of Wild West imagery and references to Gomez's home state of Texas, "I'm from the Lone Star state, I'm ready to bring you in."

The album's final song "Middle of Nowhere" is a dance-pop ballad that features electropop beats and synthesizers along with bells and chimes.

In the song, Gomez laments being left behind by a manipulative ex lover, for whom she made drastic personal changes. The bridge is a deep and heavily-breathed spoken-word recitation of the song's chorus, much in the style of Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson.

A Spanish-language version of the lead single "Who Says" titled "Dices" is featured as a bonus track.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"When the Sun Goes Down" debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 78,000 copies in its first week.

As of June 2013, the album has sold over 671,000 copies in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Metacritic gave "When the Sun Goes Down" a score of 58/100 based on 6 reviews. It has been met with mixed reception by critics.

Mikael Wood from Entertainment Weekly wrote: "[Gomez] sounds fully invested in tart electro-disco ditties like 'Bang Bang Bang'" and "top-shelf collaborators don't hurt — see: the grinding 'Whiplash', co-penned by one Britney Spears."

Jody Rosen from Rolling Stone wrote, "Gomez may be the most boring teen-pop star of her generation. She makes Ashley Tisdale seem like Lady Gaga."

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