Selena Gomez & the Scene, "Kiss & Tell"

50 Billboard Rating

"Tell me, tell me, tell me something I don't know," Selena Gomez sings on the final cut on her debut album, "Kiss & Tell." Considering how closely the new set follows similarly situated tween-pop efforts by Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, Gomez's fans might share the sentiment: It's not always easy to tell what distinguishes the work of this "Wizards of Waverly Place" TV star from that of her fellow Disney-factory females. That doesn't mean "Kiss & Tell" doesn't deliver its required payload of electro-rock delights. The song "Naturally" (produced by Mouse House regulars Tim James, Antonina Armato and SuperSpy) has a juicy and instantly memorable vocal hook, while the pop-punk title track expertly channels the good-natured sass of the Go-Go's (no surprise, given drummer Gina Schock's co-writing credit). But if Gomez wants to outlast her current context, her music could use more of her in it.-Mikael Wood

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