Critics seemed genuinely surprised as they typed up optimistic and bright sentences about Demi Lovato’s fourth LP, Demi. Which, if our mental depiction of all critics as human-sized crickets chirping their made-up grievances into a reluctant night sky of pop music lovers is, in fact, accurate, was much to their displeasure.
Yes, Demi has done it. And her campaign to become even more of a household name this past year through efforts on “The X Factor,” rumored romances with various members of One Direction and syrupy interviews with Katie Couric, were apparently not enough of a distraction to keep the Albuquerque-born 20-year-old from putting out a sturdy follow-up to 2011’s Unbroken.
Crickets Critics saluted the LP for its appropriately bubblegum, yet transformative qualities…
“…It smartly abandons the pop-R&B songs of her last album, “Unbroken” — easily her shakiest to date — and recasts Ms. Lovato, rightly, in the Kelly Clarkson mold of big-throated singers who have had quite enough, thank you very much.” — New York Times
“…It's far more than a paint-by-numbers pop album engineered to produce three radio singles and not much else.” — Billboard
“...Virtually every song has a chorus that soars spectacularly, giving Lovato a chance to make mincemeat of those melodies with her wild mezzo-soprano.” — Idolator
Demi, currently at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, was released on May 14, 2013. It is currently streaming on Spotify and is available for purchase on iTunes.
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