Selena Gomez: “Come & Get It” (Single Review)

by Bradley Stern


After a year without rain, the drought has finally ended—thanks to an unexpected early leak from the heavens.

That’s right: Selengenda Gomezmerizing‘s “Come & Get It” has arrived. (It’s still not a Dannii Minogue cover, but it’s fine.)

While listening to the song for the first time, you might find yourself pondering aloud: “Hey, this sounds a lot like a Rihanna banga that I’d find somewhere on Talk That Talk! Also, why am I talking to myself?” Well, there’s a good reason for that.

The track was penned by Ester Dean and produced by Stargate, the same winning team behind “S&M,” “What’s My Name?” “Only Girl (In The World)” and “Rude Boy” among others. It’s very, very obviously a Rihanna reject that didn’t make the cut for her moodier, less accessible Unapologetic—even down to the actual lyrics: “Hate the way I love you”? REFERENCE.

Nonetheless, the Latina Goddess of Rain and Love Songs tackles the track with ease, moaning and groaning her way through every “na, na, na” and “ay, ay, ay.” She’s no stranger to songs that get stuck on re-pe-pe-pe-peat, after all!

“Come & Get It” is fairly monotone (then again, so was “Love You Like A Love Song”), but repeat listens reveal the song’s infectiousness: The chorus–especially with that stuttered chant at the end–is pure sticky pop goodness, the stomping beat is smutty enough to inspire a sick strut, and that whirring Bollywood-meets-tribal-electro synth sound lends itself well to some grind-up-against-the-wall make-out action up in the club. (I’m unfamiliar, but I’ve heard people do that sort of thing.)

Also, that dramatically crooned bridge that we heard in the 30-second preview (“This love will be the death of me…”) remains pure heaven.

Is it as instant as “Naturally” or “Love You Like A Love Song”? No, but it’s still a major tune. And beyond that, it’s nice to hear the radiant “Rock God” beauty get a little more suggestive with her lyricism: She may be young, but she’s got feelings too. And coupled with her brief flirtation with the debauchery of Spring Breakers, this is the kind of track that’ll help break the Disney cookie cutter mold once and for all.

So if you’re ready, come and get it.

“Come & Get It” was released on April 7. (iTunes)

  • Mel

    Love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.phillips.75286 Tyler Phillips

    It’s been a while since I’ve heard a pop song with hooks as undeniable as this. Any lukewarm reactions surely must be correlated with the name attached to the song rather than the song’s actual merits, right? It’s easy to label this a Rihanna reject (because it obviously is), but wasn’t Slave 4 U originally made with Janet Jackson in mind? Not quite Selena’s Slave 4 U moment I was hoping for, but still a pretty hot lead single.

  • http://davidsask.wordpress.com/ DavidSask

    Can’t wait for the remixes and the song definitely works for me, glad it leaked for the weekend!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gomezod001 Daniel Gomez Ortega

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Regardless of the origin of the song, Selena has clear control of the track, and I give her credit for staying away from the staple dance sound on the radio nowadays.

  • sara

    it’s actually very good!!! i’m impressed!

  • dominic halsey

    Love It

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaPingley Joshua Pingley

    BY FAR her best song yet. I personally think it’s the best single of 2013 thus far. I’m SO proud of this girl.

  • Britney Lover

    It sounds like the poppier sister of Riri’s “Lost in Paradise”….I luv it!!!

  • Matt-25-Poland

    Sounds very oriental, love it! Wish Brit-Brit do song like that :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/julio.acostanieto Julio Ivan Acosta-Nieto
  • ILoveTalentedBitches

    Best single of 2013!? I don’t agree. This song is catchy, but her vocals are just so flat! Well, you can’t expect much, she isn’t a very strong singer at all. :P Best single till now would HAVE to be either Suit n Tie by JT or Heart Attack by Demi Lovato.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaPingley Joshua Pingley

    See, I personally HATE “Suit & Tie”, even after over 50 listens. And while “Heart Attack” is a great lead single, it disappointed me. “Come & Get It” SLAYS right out of the gate, like no other song released this year yet.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaPingley Joshua Pingley

    “The Hook Up”.

  • angela

    the song itself is great, and it’s not that selena has a “bad voice” or “can’t sing”, but there’s no truth, dynamic, or special qualities in her voice. she doesn’t have that intangible funk that makes people gravitate toward a performer. she did get all of the notes right, but her tone is still flat, predictable (for a song of this nature), and therefore a little boring.

    i honestly think that her vocal performance undermined the song’s true potential. she’s done better in the past (bang, bang, bang and love you like a love song). but i’m excited to hear the rest of the album!

  • Mierzwiak

    The production here is definitely better than the artist (or “artist”?), but I like it. Nothing new, but for some reason sounds fresh.

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