I took the time out of my day to listen to Demi Lovato’s new album, and overall, I love it. Not for the reasons you would think though. Yeah, there’s some good music in this record. Yeah, Demi can SANG! But what I like best is the experience this album takes all of her 2009 fans on. I feel like i’m watching the Demi I saw on Disney Channel every commercial; with a more mature sound.
I still remember watching Camp Rock as a kid for the first time on Disney Channel, and watching her sing her little ass off alongside already established stars, like the Jonas Brothers. A newcomer, very new comer, but you could already see she posessed the qualities needed to not only become a star, but to be a talented one.
DEMI, the self-titled album, is the fourth album by Demi Lovato. In many ways, it’s easy to say its the best.
The album starts off with her lead single Heart Attack as track one. Followed by a fun song Made in the USA, and respectable album additions Without The Love and Neon Lights.
Next, is one of the two favorites of mines, Two Pieces. I like the song because through Demi’s many different changes in styles (from a rock sound to a more R&B route with Unbroken) it brings me back to her ‘Here We Go Again’ days. As a kid me and my little cousin would listen to every song and artist Disney threw at us, and the one i’ve always loved most is Demi. She’s just different. The feeling I got in my body when I would watch her videos took me to another planet. I was in love. And hearing this song, gave me that feeling. It took me back to the Demi I fell in love with; and that type of connection goes a lot deeper for me than the song did.
Then there was a song called Nightingale, which kind of transitioned the album into its more slower songs and R&B songs. After that came m favorite track on the entire album.
In Case was perhaps Demi’s best song on the album. For her emotion, delivery, and the lyrics being so relatable. “Strong enough to leave you, but weak enough to need you” and “in case you dont find what you’re looking for, in case you’re needing what you had before” are a few instances where you just nod your head and enjoy the music. I was extremely impressed with her vocal on this one.
Track 8, is most likely going to be the sophmore single for the album, seeing as its poppy and upbeat and features former X Factor contestant – turned pop star, Cher Lloyd. The song is called Really Don’t Care, and while I really didn’t care for it much, I can see it being a huge hit on the charts.
The next track is Fire Starter which leads into what I call the “Throwback Demi Section”. These songs sound like something the 2009, heavy eye liner Demi would sing. But its not all Disney’d up or made for little girls 2-12. They are real songs with real lyrics but with a nice upbeat and/or melodic sound. I guess you can relate Fire Starter to a Paramore sound.
Something That We’re Not and Never Been Hurt follow that; and while both good-great songs, they are more album fillers rather than singles or stand-outs.
Her second to last track, Shouldn’t Come Back is a bit of a sneak diss if you ask some people. No, but really, this song sounds like a track she wrote with a specific person in mind (Joe Jonas maybe), or maybe it wasn’t. But its a great break-up or fed-up song.
Warrior, ends off this record, as a reminder of where this last year has to taken Demi. A strong vocal, a strong message, and a strong reception from her fans. It sounded like an outro to her previous album Unbroken.
Overall, as a fan, i’m thrilled. As a crtic, i’m impressed. And as a male, i’m actually pleased. Demi Lovato, I love you baby; and i’m still available.
4 stars out of 5