Review Summary: An incredible pop album that far out-does its predecessors.
Demi Lovato is a pop artist who comes under a lot of flak for many reasons. Some consider here to merely be another Disney whore who follows everything that particular corporation tell her to do, and this is the reason for her accessible nature-another reason some despise her. Others consider her to be nothing more than an attention seeker for the fiasco involving a rehabilitation clinic for self harming she found herself in shortly before the recording process began for her third studio album entitled Unbroken. Her sound is a very simplistic one that began with the pop-rock style she had on her first two albums and then became even more streamlined for Unbroken. Her fourth studio album is entitled Demi and pretty much follows the template she layed down with her past album but the lyrics primarily focus on her own personal life.
This album clocks in short of fifty minutes and is thirteen songs long. The first single released was the title track which was a good choice as it gives a rough idea of what the album sounds like. It is based around a catchy chorus that people will want to sing along to and also shows off Demi's remarkably strong higher range. On her past album she really pushed herself on the song Give Your Heart A Break to show off her full range and this is shown to a better degree on this song. The last verse culminates in a long high note that is among the best vocal snippets from the release. This song is arguably the best track the artist could have chose to use as a single from her fourth album and also opens up the album in a great manner. This was a magnificent song that could not have kicked the release off on a higher note.
This release has a strong R&B feel to it in the same way as Unbroken did, as the second song on the album shows off. Made In The USA has a very good chorus with a strong string of high notes and a loud beat that backs it up with great use of synths in the background. The backing music to this release has been massively improved and is the one thing that makes it better overall than even Unbroken was. Nightingale opens up with a haunting piano piece in the vein of For The Love Of A Daughter and really creates a dark atmosphere that Demi adds to with some vocals that drip atmosphere. Shouldn't Come Back is another track with some great backing instrumental work including an acoustic guitar that could not better suit this release if it tried. Demi uses her higher range to great effect during the lines "maybe you shouldn't come back, maybe you shouldn't come back to me", whilst a violin tingles away in the background and starts tearing at your heart strings.
Another absolutely fantastic track here is Warrior. This song is one of the best she has done to date and really does feel very emotionally intensive. Lines such as "out of the ashes im burning like a fire" and "ive got shame, ive got scars but ill never show, im a survivor" tell her own story as honestly as possible and I could literally feel tears streaming down my cheek as I first listened to this and proceeded to do so again and it had the same effect. Her voice is so powerful for these sort of lyrics and fits them so well that it is impossible to hold back the tears that will inevitably come to your eyes.
This is a magnificent fourth studio outing for Demi Lovato with some incredible backing instrumental work and gorgeous vocals that makes for arguably the strongest pop/R&B album in years. Demi's vocals are the strongest they have ever been and the backing instrumental work is simply incredible. Shouldn't Come Back is the song off here that is most recommended purely for the amazing acoustic work.