Demi - Demi Lovato
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the actress/singer/X-Factor judge features a guest appearance by Cher Lloyd.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 13, 2013
    80
    [An] often impressive fourth album.
  2. May 13, 2013
    79
    The singer has a strong grip on her skills as a performer, but is still chiseling away at the formula that works best for her as an artist, and is unwittingly putting that self-discovery on display here.
  3. May 15, 2013
    60
    Ultimately, this isn't an album of purpose, it's a collection of moments, and it has just enough good ones to solidify Demi Lovato's comeback.
  4. May 17, 2013
    60
    It's predictable stuff--sassy songs, lovelorn songs, a couple of pop-psych pep talks--but Lovato is good company, and her voice has gustiness and character.
  5. 58
    It’s too bad that her new album, Demi, sounds like such a decisive return to teen pop.
  6. May 13, 2013
    50
    Demi sounds like Lovato’s grasping for hits, when she used to sound like she was making music and having fun.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Oct 10, 2013
    10
    Of course it's one of her best albums ever, Heart Attack, the smash hit was such a different (and good) song, Made in the USA sounds like an anthem, Neon Lights a party and that's the perfect mix! Expand
  2. Apr 10, 2014
    10
    This is a great album! I liked every song on the album (it took me awhile to accept "Something That We're Not"), and it's been my favorite album ever since. Keep it up, Demi! Expand
  3. May 14, 2013
    10
    Demi has managed to make ever single song on this album a hit. The songs are both lyrically and vocally magnificent. This is most definitely Lovato's best album to date. Expand
  4. May 19, 2013
    7
    Demi, Lovato's fourth studio album feels like a combination of Lovato's two earlier albums and her previous one, Unbroken. With a pop rock feel on some tracks mixed with R&B dance-pop production and a number of big, slick ballads, Demi feels carefully calculated. This album is not a personal one, it's just a collection of songs to prove Lovato a successful, hit-making pop diva. In that matter, it succeeds. Too bad Demi shows very little musical growth for Lovato, besides vocally. Demi is pretty much a step backward into the familiar teen pop territory. Vocally, however, Demi is on point. She sings songs like she means them (not that she really does.) She wails, belts, screams, yells and it all sounds beautiful. Her voice may be the only thing that makes the material on Demi listenable. Lyrically, it's quite challenging. Lyrics are reminiscent of Carly Rae Jepsen's Kiss album in that they're both fluffy, but nonetheless interesting. Production-wise, it's pretty good. It's feel-good pop rock with dance and R&B influences and slick, radio-ready power ballad production. However, production on Demi is too teen pop. Too much like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez & the Scene. Demi is not a bad album for Lovato; it's quite entertaining. It's just disappointing that a pop singer with such attitude and a sense of fun, is now just fishing for hits instead of making music that feels inspiring in some way. Lovato needs a maturity check.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Heart Attack, Made In The USA, Something That We're Not, Fire Starter
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  5. Sep 5, 2014
    6
    a pretty basic pop record. the singles are strong (heart attack, made in the usa, really dont care, neon lights) one ballad (nightingale) and another song which came out and blasted my speakers (two pieces) - the rest is filler which is for her die hard fans. Expand
  6. Oct 24, 2013
    5
    'Demi', the follow-up to 2011's 'Unbroken', can only be described as lackluster. First off, it's no secret that Lovato possesses an incredible vocal range, which is why it is baffling to me that she would not choose to pair up her obvious vocal talent with some actual well-written songs. The album's only true stand-outs "Heart Attack", "Without the Love", "Really Don't Care", and "Fire Starter" are just swimming aimlessly in a pool of mediocrity; making it seem like Lovato couldn't decide whether to make a dance-pop, a teen-pop, an R&B, or an electro-pop record; which as a result makes 'Demi' seem almost laughably unfocused.

    I'm not saying it's a bad thing for a record to be diverse, but 'Demi' makes musical diversity seem like a joke. The track listing is extremely unbalanced. The album starts off with the indescribably good "Heart Attack", the decent "Made in the USA", and the great "Without the Love". Following this, 'Demi' falls into utter madness. "Neon Lights" is a generic, horribly-produced EDM mess, "Two Pieces" is a boring and forgettable break-up song, "Nightingale" is a vocally outstanding but sonically disappointing ballad, while "In Case" is a ridiculously-written milquetoast pop track. 'Demi' redeems itself on the super fun and light-hearted "Really Don't Care" (with the help of a mysteriously short verse from Cher Lloyd), the well-executed and impressive "Fire Starter", and the decent but slightly generic fist-pumper "Something That We're Not". But then after this, 'Demi' falls back into meaningless ballads: "Never Been Hurt" and "Shouldn't Come Back". At the end, "Warrior", the sequel to her unforgettably powerful 2011 ballad "Skyscraper"; closes off the album, however fails to build up the emotion of its "Skyscraper"; which was an incredibly-written song that utilized Lovato's impressive vocal range and an idiosyncratic metaphor. "Warrior" is just generic and boring.

    In order for 'Demi' to be truly successful, she needs to take a hint from singers like Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey, whom she is similar to due to her impressive vocal range. The R&B and highly emotive songs on 'Unbroken' (such as "Skyscraper" and "For the Love of a Daughter") were indescribably great, while her third album's title track and her fourth album's opening track "Heart Attack" were unforgettable and addicting electro-pop songs. If Demi can combine these two types of music on her fifth effort, she will have a critical and commercial hit on her hands.
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  7. Jul 11, 2014
    0
    Demi never grows? I honestly expected much more from music, she does not know how to use your voice. It never changes. I feel as if listening to children's songs. Expand

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