Demi Lovato
Tell Me You Love Me


3.0
good

Review

by Lauren J. Paulson USER (11 Reviews)
October 1st, 2017 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aside from a few catchy club tracks, there is nothing all that exciting about Lovato's new album.

Lovato’s oversexualized new album, "Tell Me You Love Me", all breathy come-ons and strategically placed mainstream radio trends, is a relic from that era, which pop historians will probably someday note began in 2013 with Miley Cyrus doing a kind of wannabe lingerie to her past hit "We Can't Stop" at VMAs and reached its pseudo-pornographic pinnacle in same season with Cyrus' creation, "Bangerz". That she’s so late to this titillating popularity is devastating for Lovato, who, like Lady Gaga, is more pulse taker than artist. Lovato’s mature record - 2015’s Confident -
brought a real, pulp demonstraion of discipline and smart production to the empty, upscale electronic pop scene of this decade.

"Tell Me You Love Me", sadly, is an outdated product of the turn-of-the-streaming pop scene, in which female singers conflated minimal urban influence with strong self-empowerment. It’s a sexuality that alternates with sentimentality and nothing more; on "Tell Me You Love Me", Lovato goes from "Heart Attack" to "Sorry Not Sorry", which leaves little to the imagination and lacks any nuance. It’s an unwinning wistfulness made worse by the album’s gauzy production - all well-worn samples and harpsichords and chimes - by longtime collaborators Ben Abraham and Sarah Aarons.

Musically, "Tell Me You Love Me" continues Lovato's use of a variety of genres and vocal styles. The album opens with the carefully strummed "Sorry Not Sorry," whose urban melodies and chilly beats feels like reliving a particularly emotional event, or a moving scene from a typical Disney sitcom. Snapping, uptempo "Daddy Issues", with an irresistible hook suits fit for a nice, lighthearted time on the back porch. "Only Forever" the record's loudest, fullest, most emotional track, keeps the electric atmosphere up front and features playful '80s-type back-up vocals.

Lovato would like "Tell Me You Love Me" to stand as an example of a bold embrace of self-motivation (she even implied as much about her past additions recently). But unlike with real mental troubles - Kesha, in particular - Lovato's take on passion is regressive, not progressive. Like Katy Perry, Demi Lovato clings to Selena Gomez of the fifties. On Lovato's "Sexy Dirty Love", sex was a refuge, a place where outsiders could go to be free. For the urban-inspired album, "Tell Me You Love Me" sure plays it safe.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Homogenic
October 1st 2017


11 Comments


basicly she digged a flop

BlackwaterPork
October 1st 2017


4390 Comments


One review a day

bloc
October 1st 2017


57941 Comments


This bitch still hot?

Digging: Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever

TheSleepys
October 1st 2017


291 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

She is aesthetically hot

onionbubs
October 1st 2017


11967 Comments


anything on here anywhere close to being as good as cool for the summer or nah?

Digging: The Menzingers - Hello Exile

TheSleepys
October 1st 2017


291 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not really imo

wwf
October 1st 2017


6462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry Not Sorry is a fuckin unbelievable banger so Im hyped for this

Digging: Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaires Club

bloc
October 1st 2017


57941 Comments


"anything on here anywhere close to being as good as cool for the summer or nah?"

Yeah that track was pretty cool

onionbubs
October 1st 2017


11967 Comments


DONT BE SCARED BECAUSE IM YOUR BODY TAIYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYPE

butcherboy
October 1st 2017


9464 Comments


she's a strangely sexless-looking creature.. comforting somewhat..

Satellite
October 1st 2017


25867 Comments


is it just me or is her left (our right) nostril noticeably larger?

that's why it's always important to snort equally from both of them. live and learn.

butcherboy
October 1st 2017


9464 Comments


or mainline..

bloc
October 1st 2017


57941 Comments


"DONT BE SCARED BECAUSE IM YOUR BODY TAIYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYPE"

Seeing that line taken out of context truly makes me laugh lol

StrikeOfTheBeast
October 3rd 2017


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Demi Lovato + exciting aren't a credible pair yet.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2017


31638 Comments


this came out?

holy smokes

ONEPUNCHMAN
October 4th 2017


400 Comments


[2]

Confident had a few bangers, how's this

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2017


31638 Comments


will report back my good man

wwf
October 4th 2017


6462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty awesome ngl

Bigpapad
October 4th 2017


361 Comments


I'm actually curious about this. Demi's one of the few artists with radio hits I don't usually skip over. Cool for the Summer and Heart Attack were pretty cool songs.

StrikeOfTheBeast
October 6th 2017


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well she's got a great voice and sexy legs going for her amirite



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