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    Thu, 23 May 2013 07:58:23

    Demi Lovato "Demi" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Demi Lovato's Demi is aptly named. It signifies that the former Disney star has arrived, is here to stay and has found her sonic niche. This is her album and her sound, and that's why it should be named after her.

    The singer has overcome her personal issues and triumphed. Her last album Unbroken was about catharsis and that process, but Demi represents Lovato making music her way and have fun while doing so. She has overcome and isn't focused on living down or overcoming her past. She's been there. She's done that. Now, she's moved on and she's found herself. Whatever her musical GPS was, it worked.

    The album's first single "Heart Attack" is easily one of Lovato's best overall—and certainly the best on the album— mixing synthy tension and her better-than-most voice, at least when it comes to the teen pop genre. She is a decidedly more capable vocalist than so many of her peers, and she doesn't require the heavy effects, the processing or the studio tricks that they do.

    "Made in the USA" is a frothy, airy, top down summer anthem that is flawlessly produced, while "Without the Love" is an adorably harmonized semi-ballad.

    Lovato shows off her sultry, chanteuse side with the noirish "Neon Lights" while '"Fire Starter" is her "love yourself" anthem!

    The singer closes out the album with "Warrior," a power piano ballad if there ever was one, ending on a note of continued triumph, but in a delicate way. It reminds us of her comeback single "Skyscraper," thanks to its intimacy and its brave way of laying its cards face up on the table. You don't need to scream and shout (and let it all out) in order to make the most effective points. It's not easy to be vulnerable, but Lovato manages to be so without coming across as fragile.

    With Demi, there are no poker faces, no hiding behind production tactic. It's her lovely voice and an element of honesty that's all Lovatics need.

    Demi Lovato lets it all hang out in the best possible way, and she pulls back the curtain, letting us listen and watch her grow on record. That's why Demi is one of 2013's best.

    We'll always love our Miley Cyruses and Selena Gomezes but our heart is bursting for Demi Lovato. Not since Britney Spears' early '00 albums have we liked grabbing a hairbrush and singing into it front of a mirror while pretending to be the girl crush and envy of females under the age of 20 everywhere!

    —Amy Sciarretto
    05.23.13


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