“Bad Liar” is peak Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez emerged as a Top 40 threat around the same time as peers Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande, but recently Gomez has taken the reigns as her era’s most idiosyncratic, sly performer; her past album’s “Good For You” and “Hands To Myself” progressed both her sound and image without any of the negative press that sometimes comes along with a teen star moving onto more adult themes. “Bad Liar,” her newest single, is an even bigger tease, with Gomez throwing in a stealth Talking Heads sample in the mix. As we wait for the explosive climax that never comes, it’s a testament to Gomez’s growing strength as a vocalist and performer that “Liar” never comes close to being considered a let down. The song is tantalizing from start to finish, with its star off-center yet stealing the show.

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