In equating a single day without love to an entire 365 days without rain, Selena Gomez (and her band, The Scene) explores the depths of human emotion and the heights of musical nirvana.
The powerful proclamation that ‘‘the stars are burning / I hear your voice in my mind’’ turns our consciousness to Selena herself; for so long playing second, or even third, fiddle within the trinity of Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Added to her burden, the overbearing history of greats like Duff and Bynes, it has taken until 2010 and Year Without Rain to define Gomez as the true star of the Disney family. It’s been a long time coming.
This article was originally written for the University of Exeter paper, Exeposé and is… hmm… half true.