A Year Without Rain

Common Sense Media says

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





What parents need to know

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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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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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Kid, 11 years old March 15, 2011

It's fine for kids

I love this album! So good!! There aren't any messages or role models, I just love it because Sel sounds great!!!
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2011

Nice Music but talentless singer

I'm not really into Disney channel anymore, I'll be honest, because they keep making lame shows with the same plot. Selena Gomez, I believe she is a good singer, but on this album, the voice you are hearing is basically all edited to sound good, as when she has performed live recently, she only sounds mediocre, sometimes less (i.e. You Belong With Me Cover). I guess kids can listen to it, but I prefer real talent.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old October 19, 2010

Love this song- ok for 9 +

Love this song ! beautiful music video. She's not like lady gaga, or anyone else making really bad music videos with horrible lyrics bad messages left and right and clothes that are the closest thing to nudity.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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