Demi Lovato “Demi” Album Review

Yesterday Demi Lovato released her fourth studio album, “Demi,” and Push Play & Listen has decided to review the album for all of its readers. Lovato’s last release, “Unbroken,” introduced a more mature R&B sound. Lovato builds on her maturity in this album that includes meaningful ballads, break up songs, and fun pop songs that will sure to meet her fans approval and may make her some new ones.

Heart Attack

“Heart Attack” is the album’s lead single. It contains a catchy beat and shows off Lovato’s amazing range, while providing a contagious fierce attitude. The lyrics tell the story of an independent girl – one who’s used to playing the boys “like a ken doll” – falling in love.

The bridge of the song proves to be the stand out part of the track, especially the three part harmony that breaks out on the word flames. It’s a great, catchy, upbeat song to lead the album with.

Made In The USA

One of my favorites, “Made In The USA” brings a new sound to Lovato’s voice. The inflections and low register of her voice give the verses a R&B sound.

The track describes a cute relationship with lines like “You always read my mind like a letter/when I’m cold you’re there like a sweater.” To some it may just be another love song, but it’s the simply lyrics that give the song an “aww” factor without being too cliché that makes the song work.

The stand out performance here is Lovato’s voice at the end of each phrase. It sounds great without the illusion that she is trying to hard and it’s something that she hasn’t brought to the table before. It’s a great follow up to the pure diva pop of “Heart Attack”

Without The Love

The song is a mid-tempo ballad driven by the piano. A nice change after two uptempo, high energy hits. Lovato’s delivery is different than the previous two songs, which shows her diversity.

“Without The Love” is a story teller that has Lovato talking about a relationship that continues even though the love has gone.

Neon Lights

“Neon Lights” features writing credits from One Republic’s frontman Ryan Tedder. The verses features Demi’s lower register and offers once again a different delivery. The chorus reminded me of Nicki Minaj’s hit “Starships.” The backing track of the song could easily make this a song that is featured in dance clubs around the nation.

The song does a great job at being a dance track and while Lovato’s voice sounds good, it is certainly not the best song on the album. It sort of loses itself when it follows songs like “Heart Attack” and “Make In The USA.”

There is always one song on just about every album that doesn’t measure up to the rest and “Neon Lights” seems to be that song for “Demi.” It’s not a bad song it’s just not as good as the rest.

Two Pieces

The track opens up with army styles marching drums followed by a beautiful piano melody. Lovato’s voice here reminded me of Christina Perri and it works well. When her voice jumps into falsetto on certain words, it’s beautiful.

The verses’ lyrics give off a more indie feel and the chorus takes the song back to pop. Once again the chorus feature Lovato belong out at the top of her register and, while it’s something that she is good at, I wouldn’t mind seeing a different approach to a chorus.

Nightingale

“Nightingale” represents the first true ballad on the album. Once again we hear a lovely piano melody that perfectly accompanies Lovato’s low register.   The piano is backed by a dynamic string arrangement that backs up the emotion in Lovato’s voice as she expresses her love for someone and asks them to be her nightingale.

The vibrato in her final plea at the end of the song showcases great emotion that really brings the song to life.

In Case

This song was co-written by Emanuel “Eman” Kiriakou, who has written hits such as “Tonight, Tonight” (Hot Chelle Rae), “Crush” (David Archuleta) and “It Girl” (Jason Derulo).

The song possesses a great melody and Lovato’s lower register that we finally see stay throughout the chorus. It is musically a very simple song, making it stand out among the heavily produced songs that precedes it. The natural cracks in Lovato’s voice evokes so much emotion, as she expresses that she will wait for a love that left her, just in case he decided to come back to her.

Really Don’t Care (Featuring Cher Lloyd)

The song was co-written by Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha along with Demi Lovato and Cher Lloyd. The trio, (Falk, Yacoub and Kotecha) have worked a lot British boy band, One Direction’s writing their smash hits “What Makes You Beautiful,” “One Thing,” “Live While We’re Young” and “Kiss You.” Individually the three have worked with big names like Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj.

Like the One Direction songs mentioned above, “Really Don’t Care” has a great beat and fast moving lyrics. Demi’s attitude makes the song as she tells an ex boyfriend that she doesn’t care about him anymore and that he had his shot but he lost it.

Cher Lloyd’s does a great job with her rap, which showcases Lloyds signature sound as well as add some humor with lines like, “Hey Demi, you picked the wrong lova/you shoulda picked that one he’s cuter than the other.” As always, it’s Lloyd’s conviction and attitude that makes her stand out and I wish that she had more time in the song.

Fire Starter

“Fire Starter” displays a burning confidence in Lovato and is backed by a nice dance track. There’s a lot of conviction in Lovato’s voice as she states “I’m a Jane Bond putting all them guys to shame/I’m a wildcard and I’m gonna steal your game.” The track’s chorus reminds me of Lovato’s song “Unbroken” from her previous album of the same name.

Something That We’re Not

This is another song co-written by Kiriakou with Lovato, Andrew Goldstein and Kotecha. A song that could certainly be (and should be) the next single.

It displays yet another sound in Lovato’s voice as she talks about a boy who thinks they are in love when Lovato isn’t into it. The chorus is catchy and playful and brings out the confidence of Lovato’s voice. I can imagine that this will be a great song to watch Lovato perform live because of the high energy and attitude it brings.

It’s a song that I found myself tapping my foot to and smiling at the lyrics that are meant to give this guy a hint that he needs to back off, a situation that listeners may relate to.

Never Been Hurt

There is a haunting sound to Lovato’s voice in “Never Been Hurt.” The theme of the song is similar as her song “Unbroken.” It expresses that she will love her boyfriend like she’s “never been hurt.” It is a good song but it’s a hard follow after “Something That We’re Not.”

Shouldn’t Come Back

Another song written by trio Falk, Yacoub and Kotecha, as well as Lovato. It’s a ballad driven by guitar.

Lovato uses the simplicity in her voice to give it a sweet ring as she tells a boy that maybe he shouldn’t come back to her. The low register here is great and stays throughout the whole song.

It’s simple ballads like this that remind people just how great and dynamic Lovato’s voice is.

Warrior

Another Kiriakou number. “Warrior” is a strong ballad driven my the piano. It is the best ballad on the record, but is closely followed by “In Case.”

Lovato’s delivery makes this song sound like the most personal song for her on the album. There is so much conviction in her voice that it is hard not to make the connection to the personal battles that Lovato has overcome in the last couple of years.

This is the kind of simply honest song that many fans cling to. In my personal opinion I think it would have been a great album title track because it is so empowering and does a great job at embodying Lovato.

I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me (Target Bonus Track)

This is the most acoustic, raw sounding track on the album. An entirely acoustic song is just what this album needed. I’m a sucker for acoustic so I believe that it could have replaced “Neon Lights.” I encourage everyone who want’s to by Lovato’s record to make sure to get this song because it really rounds out the diversity of the album.

“I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me,” much like the title suggests, is a song about conflicted feelings toward a relationship and much like Lovato’s song “Catch Me,” Lovato will make a decision about what to do by the end of the song. It’s a great vocal performance as well.

Overall, Lovato didn’t disappoint. This album builds where “Unbroken” left off. She continues to mature her sound and make music that truly represents her.

“Demi” is a well rounded album that showcases the many qualities in Lovato’s voice. I believe based on Lovato’s dedicated fanbase and the positive reviews of “Heart Attack” that “Demi” will debut high on the Billboard 200 chart.

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10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

With a new year, comes new music and 2013 has started off with some big music news such as the announcement of a new David Bowie album and Justin Timberlake’s return to his music career. From the likes of those two announcements alone, 2013 is likely to be a good year for music. However it’s more than just Timberlake and Bowie releasing new music, it’s only January and there is already a slew of artists announcing new albums.

10) The Wanted: “Third Strike” – March

The British/Irish boy band behind the smash hit “Glad You Came” will return this year with their first full length album here in the States and third elsewhere in world. The release date was originally set for December of 2012, but the band announced late last year that they pushed it back to March, stating they didn’t want to rush the process. The album will contain the band’s current single “I Found You.” Last April, the band put out “The Wanted EP” as their debut release in the U.S. and Canada. The EP debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Recently, American Top 40 named their song “Glad You Came” the number 1 song of 2012. 

While The Wanted haven’t released an exact release date for the album, they say it will be released in March of this year. Until then you can purchase the band’s current single “I Found You” on iTunes.

*Note: The Parental Advisory is due to a fighting scene. There is no blood or gore involved.

9) Backstreet Boys: “Untitled 7th Studio Album” – TBA

This past summer on “Good Morning America,” the Backstreet Boys announced  that Kevin Richardson, who left the band in 2006, was rejoining the band. On top of that, they would also be releasing an album this year on. It has been four years since the Backstreet Boy’s last release “This Is Us,” and 8 years since Kevin’s last album with the group.

8) Vampire Weekend: “Untitled 3rd Studio Album” – May 7

This album is the follow up to the 2010 Grammy nominated “Cobra.” In interviews, the band has called their new album “dark” and “organic.”  Coachella released this years line up on Jan. 24 and Vampire Weekend will hit the stage on Sunday April, 14.

7) Lady Antebellum: “Untitled 4th Studio Album” – Spring

On Jan. 22, “Entertainment Weekly” premiered Lady Antebellum’s new single “Downtown,” from their new album due sometime this spring. The track shows off the band’s fun side as Hillary Scott reminisces about the times her and her partner used to go downtown on Saturday nights and questions why he doesn’t take her anymore. It contains fun, playful lyrics such as, “I got a dress that’ll show a little uh uh/ but you ain’t getting uh uh if you don’t come pick me up.” Lady Antebellum will perform the song for the first time on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Jan. 28 and again on “The View” on Feb. 6. The track will be available for download on Feb. 5.

6) New Kids On The Block: “10” – April 2

The New Kids On The Block made multiple announcements Jan. 22 on “The View.” They finished their album “10,” which will hit shelves April 2, their new single will be available to purchase on Jan. 28 and this summer they will hit the road for The Package Tour, with opening acts 98 Degrees and Boys II Men. Their single “Remix (I Like The) premiere Thursday night on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” So many of their fans flocked to the page that it caused the site to crash. If that’s any indication their new album may fly off the shelves in April.

5) Brad Paisley: “Wheelhouse” – April 9

Paisley announced the title and release date of  his upcoming 9th studio album Jan. 9 on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The album entitled “Wheelhouse” marks the first album Paisley has solely produced and he did so in his own home. “Wheelhouse” will include Paisley’s current single “Southern Comfort Zone,” which peaked at number 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. While on Kimmel’s show, Paisley explained the album is all about stepping out of his comfort zone and try many new things with the record. 

4) A Rocket To The Moon: “Wild & Free” – March 26

A Rocket To The Moon’s fan base has been waiting for new music since the band’s 2009 debut album “On Your Side.” The band released a new single, “Whole Lotta You,” last summer. The single displayed the band’s new sound, which strayed away from the pop rock sound of their debut album and added a laid back, southern twang element. The band then released a 4 track EP entitled “That Old Feeling,” in August, which contain 3 more songs with the similar laid back style. The band’s lead singer Nick Santino did an interview with “Pure Volume” where he discusses the new sound and the new album, stating the sound just evolved on its own. The band continued to add more hype to their new album when they released another single “Ever Enough” in November,  which shows a softer side to the group and a song that Santino said was the deepest he had ever written.

3) Tim McGraw: “Two Lanes of Freedom” – Feb. 5

“Two Lanes of Freedom” will mark McGraw’s first album with Big Machine Records. McGraw left his previous label, Curb Records, this summer. The accelerated deluxe version of the album is avaliable for preorder on iTunes. It shows the album’s 15 song track list, including a song entitled “Highway Don’t Care,” which features fellow country super stars Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. On Jan. 26 Billboard premiered the album’s title track and talked with McGraw about the album. McGraw’s current single “One Of Those Nights” currently sits at number 9 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

2) David Bowie: “The Next Day” – March 12

Earlier this month David Bowie released a new single, “Where Are We Now” and announced his new album “The Next Day,” which is scheduled for release in March. It’s been a decade since Bowie has put out new music. The two year process of making the album was kept heavily under wraps leaving many people in awe when news of a new album for the once very prominent rock star. “The Guardian” released a feature piece about the making of Bowie’s new album and how he managed to keep it a secret. The deluxe version of the album is available for preorder on iTunes and showcases the 17 song track list.

1) Justin Timberlake: “The 20/20 Experience” – March 19

Justin Timberlake started off the new year by teasing his fans with a countdown clock and a video explaining that he was ready to release new music. On Jan. 14 Timberlake released a single, “Suit and Tie,” for the first time since the release of his sophomore album in 2006. The single featuring Jay Z sold 314,000 copies in its first week. The latest news reveals that rapper T.I. will make an appearance on the album. Timberlake has recently been filming a video for his new single and the “L.A. Times” describes it as Timberlake cruising around L.A. The sound of the new single seems to fall not far from where Timberlake left off on his sophomore album but time will tell whether new material will display a different side to the singer.