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Album Review

Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

By: Brandon Moran

On October 4, 2016, Demi Lovato tweeted, “So excited for 2017. Taking a break from music and the spotlight.. I am not meant for this business and the media (waving hand emoji).” Fans across the world (including myself) were distraught as we thought we would never get to hear new Demi Lovato again. In November 2016, something wonderful had come about which made Demi change her mind. Her fifth album, “Confident” had been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Vocal Album category. Demi was super excited as she was nominated in a category that was all about vocals. This then ignited Demi to keep pursuing her music and get back into the studio. As a self-proclaimed, hardcore “Lovatic,” I was highly anticipating this new era from Demi Lovato. Demi has solidified her spot among the rest of the females of pop as a force to be reckoned with.

The album starts with Billboard top 10 hit, “Sorry Not Sorry.” This song is sure to make everyone dance and relate it to that one person you don’t care about. Throughout the album, Demi lays down R&B/soul vibes that are just insatiable to resist.

A stand-out song for me was “Daddy Issues.” Hearing the title of this song alone was enough for me to get excited to hear. Upon first listening, it was everything I wanted and more. It was an upbeat, pop song that is super relatable and you will definitely want to listen to it in your car with all the windows down in the summer. After, “Daddy Issues” was “Ruin The Friendship” and “Only Forever,” which killed me because I have enough reason to believe these songs are about Nick Jonas. These songs are more ballads but they are so sentimental and it’s about wanting to be with someone because it feels right.

By the time “Lonely” came up on the album, I was not feeling that song. Being a person who loves everything Demi, I did not love this song. Demi did not write on it and typically I do not like songs that she does not write on, I just always have that feeling.

The rest of the album was fantastic! You have a power ballad like “Cry Baby” and a nice sultry track like “Concentrate”. I could have dealt without the bonus track, “Instruction,” as it was a promotional single and it did not fit the album at all. What the Apple Music version of the album did miss was the two Target exclusive tracks. Smoke & Mirrors is debatably one of her best ballads she has ever created. I was in tears as I was listening because you can tell it came straight from a broken heart.

Overall, Demi Lovato has created (in my opinion) one of the best albums of the year. It’s cohesive, gritty, fun, and takes you on an emotional roller coaster you never want to get off of. She does not deserve all of the negative criticism she receives, but she is firing back at the haters with this fire album.

Favorite tracks: Daddy Issues, Cry Baby, Games

Rating: 9.0/10

Brian James

November 2nd, 2017

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