A Year Without Rain



More clean-yet-predictable bubblegum pop from Disney star.
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Positive messages

The messages in these songs are a mixed bag: while some emphasize self-confidence and positivity, others revolve around being unable to exist without a guy.

Positive role models

Despite her rising age and growing fame, Selena Gomez has maintained a clean lifestyle.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this album contains some predictable and disappointing messages about falling head over heels for the wrong guy, the album is squeaky clean as far as mature content goes. You'll find no swearing, sexual references, or other adult subject matter here, making the record OK for Selena's legion of adoring young fans.

What's the story?

In her second CD, A YEAR WITHOUT RAIN, Wizards of Waverley Place star Selena Gomez doesn't stray far from the formula that made her debut album, Kiss and Tell, a success. That formula includes a majority of songs that ride the rollercoaster of young love, describing a girl who falls hard for a guy that invariably disappoints her -- yet she still can't break free of the relationship. Hot-button lyrics include ones like "I'm hangin' on to every word you say \

Is it any good?


Selena Gomez has never been the strongest singer among her Disney peers. A Year Without Rain proves that point, especially with all of the voice-distorting auto-tune that crops up throughout the record. The formulaic synth-pop arrangements are also nothing new, though they will undoubtedly make for at least a few radio-friendly hits.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why so many young girls like Selena have a difficult time breaking free of a guy whom they know is wrong for them. Why are young girls (and guys) drawn to partners who don't treat them well?

  • When considering whether to start a new relationship, what are the five most important things to look for in the other person?

Music details

Artist:Selena Gomez
Release date:September 28, 2010
Label:Hollywood Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 April 10, 2014

Really good music

Selena Gomez isn't my favorite singer - I think she's better at acting and her vocals aren't as strong as some singers - but I really like her music. My favorite songs are "Round & Round", "A Year Without Rain", "Rock God", "Off The Chain", "Intuition", and "Sick of You". Most of the songs are about relationships but don't mention sex.
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Kid, 10 years old August 28, 2011

On for seven and up!

The song is clean and good for seven year olds. And I love it.
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Adult Written bybianca7788 May 16, 2011

Love it!

Great album!
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