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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the actress/pop singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Noah Cyrus, Sam Fischer, Ariana Grande, and Saweetie.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 100
    For an album drawing on despair and recovery, Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over is a life-affirming pleasure from top to bottom.
  2. Apr 8, 2021
    80
    The opening three tracks are almost an EP in their own right, before a quick reset. Semi title track ‘The Art Of Starting Over’ begins anew, a straight forward bop that gets to the root of Demi’s recovery – her natural talent, her ear for pop magic, affording room for personal renewal.
  3. Apr 8, 2021
    80
    Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over is Demi Lovato like we have never heard before. She is sassy and carefree while serious about her identity and personhood in a way she has been itching to be for years.
  4. Apr 3, 2021
    73
    Amid the overtly autobiographical numbers, there are pretty good and not-so-hot numbers; the same unevenness goes of the more escapist turns the album makes. This might not be such a problem if “Art of Starting Over” had one undeniable smash on it to help steamroll over the unevenness. But there’s no doubt that she’s alive, well, singing more than just well, and stepping around smallish problems like how to make an album that feels coherent instead of dancing with Mr. D.
  5. 70
    Luckily, on a 19-track album, there are more gems than duds. Lovato is more willing to experiment than on previous releases, both through her music and her voice, which is more versatile than ever.
  6. Apr 7, 2021
    65
    The diaristic nature of the music, and the blunt force with which it is delivered, showcases Demi Lovato the person and sidelines Demi Lovato the artist. It is an unenviable position: to have a story so harrowing that the emotional catharsis we feel in real life overshadows what she wanted to create on the album.
  7. Apr 1, 2021
    60
    It’s an album that is simultaneously shocking, laudable and a little underwhelming.

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  1. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pop perfection! Best Demi album, so different from what she did on the past.. Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    I’m not joking when I tell you that this is her best album. She took her time and it was worth it.
  3. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    I think its time to stop the hate to Demi Lovato, this album is a masterpiece fron start to end, i love it
  4. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Álbum perfeito, uma sensação calma e dá um alívio bom no coração. Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    Amazing, just amazing, it’s incredible, every song, quer voice, the lyrics, instrumental, everything
  6. Apr 5, 2021
    10
    Just when I thought TMYLM was Demi’s superior album... DANCING WITH THE DEVIL... THE ART OF STARTING OVER is God-tier!
    Gut punching lyrics,
    Just when I thought TMYLM was Demi’s superior album... DANCING WITH THE DEVIL... THE ART OF STARTING OVER is God-tier!
    Gut punching lyrics, powerful vocals, and sonically her most cohesive album to date. It’s a story, an experience!
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  7. Apr 3, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I dont recommend this album ... nothing innovative, typical of an album that the songs become tiring Expand

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