Selena Gomez & The Scene, "A Year Without Rain"

3.5

Disney princess Selena Gomez and backing band the Scene have released catchy single "A Year Without Rain" as a dedication to their fans. Gomez's followers will undoubtedly enjoy the track's mix of the teen singer's measured vocals and a techno beat designed for uninhibited dancing. The sound of the song contrasts with the tender lyrics, which find Gomez longing for the object of her affection. Gomez doesn't have the belting power of fellow starlet Demi Lovato, but she makes a strong effort to attack the high notes as she croons the chorus: "I need you by my side/ Don't know how I'll survive/A day without you is like a year without rain." While the song sticks to a standard pop structure, Gomez's presence on "A Year Without Rain" is compelling enough to separate the singer from other Disney-groomed pop stars.