Demi Lovato - Demi Album Review

When Demi Lovato released Unbroken in 2011, millions of boys and girls went crazy for this Disney actress-turned-singer. Well, this month, her army of fans or, as we call them today, Lovatics, have another reason to lose their minds. Demi is set to hit the American stores on May 14 and the British stores on May 20.

The album kicks off with “Heart Attack“, the lead single that says everything about the album and its singer. Filled with the ‘wow’ factor, the song is definitely the best she has ever released so far and definitely one of the best tracks of the decade. It’s obvious that Lovato has entered a stage where she has to prove that she has changed, that she has grown up and evolved into a complex, mature act that still has plenty of worthwhile things to say. Besides, for her, the stakes are high because she is doing a good job as a judge on The X Factor show and Demi’s success will reflect on it too.

On “Made In The USA” Lovato allows her fully bloomed personality to carry the song. It’s an incredible pop production that bears many similarities with Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” except that Lovato’s version is definitely more wistful and mature. It could very well be a follow-up single, the perfect choice for the summer months to come, particularly thanks to its guitar lick, banjo-y feel, blazing chorus and unusual romantic statements, such as “Our love runs deep like a Chevy”.

“Without The Love” sounds pretty remarkable, cool and sad at the same time, as Lovato sings deep from her big lungs: “What good is a love song… without the love?” “Neon Lights” comes next, contumaciously positive and totally different than the previous tracks. For this song, Lovato seems to have found inspiration in David Guetta’s music, as she’s very generous on using blinking synthesizers and clomping bass. It’s an electro-pop song, quite radio and club-friendly, but it’s not exactly the highlight of this album.

“Two Pieces” preps the soil for everybody’s favorite, “Nightingale”, a perfectly performed ballad. It’s a rousing song, destined to become legendary thanks to the unexpected chorus of gospel backup vocalists in the final passage. In addition, “In Case” hits our ears with an affected performance, waking up memories we buried deep and trigging a tearful response from our eyes. The lyrics are to blame, those painful words about faded photos in a pant pocket, a piece of clothing salvaged for reminding us of someone, etc.

However, enough with the mid-tempo moments, it’s time to kick some ass, because Lovato’s “Really Don’t Care” with Cher Lloyd is energetic and restores the happy mood just in time for “Fire Starter”, a slick pop-rock song that will make you want to be the “badass jumping off a moving train”.

Then, Lovato goes back to feelings. “Something That We’re Not”, “Never Been Hurt” and “Shouldn’t Come Back” are all the outcome of putting her heart on the front line. She sings about love, about heartbreak and refusal, with an outstanding newfound vocal maturity that proves to the world that Demi Lovato has some form of longevity. The album ends with the “story that I have never told”. “Warrior” tells the story of her personal struggles and triumph, comparing Lovato with the phoenix bird, which has risen from the public ashes.

Demi Lovato - Demi Album Cover
Demi Lovato - Demi Album Cover

Demi Lovato - Demi Track Listing

1. “Heart Attack” - 3:31
2. “Made in the USA” - 3:16
3. “Without the Love” - 3:55
4. “Neon Lights” - 3:53
5. “Two Pieces” - 4:25
6. “Nightingale” - 3:36
7. “In Case” - 3:34
8. “Really Don’t Care” (featuring Cher Lloyd) - 3:21
9. “Fire Starter” - 3:24
10. “Something That We’re Not” - 3:17
11. “Never Been Hurt” - 3:56
12. “Shouldn’t Come Back” - 3:49
13. “Warrior” - 3:51

UK bonus tracks

14.”Give Your Heart a Break” - 3:25
15. “Skyscraper” - 3:41

Target bonus track

14. “I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me” - 3:2

Album Information

Released May 14, 2013
Recorded 2012-13
Length 47:48
Label Hollywood
Producer The Suspex, Priscilla Renea, Ryan Tedder, Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Savan Kotecha, Ali Tamposi, The Monsters and the Strangerz, Jonas Jeberg, Anne Preven, Matt Rad

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