Demi Lovato — "Unbroken" Review 4.5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:43:13
On Unbroken, Demi Lovato sounds stronger than most pop stars. From start to finish, Lovato's third studio album is as focused as it is feisty, and that's why it's such a treat.
The party kicks off with a bang during the hyper charged "All Night Long" featuring Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Sharing a track with these two icons, Lovato more than holds her own. She infuses a soulful swagger into the hook before the theatrical production drops into a light speed rhyme from Elliott. Timbaland and Lovato volley back and forth as the tune builds into one last massive hook. Unbroken isn't just another album; it's a major pop event.
During "Who's That Boy", a sultry syncopated groove pulsates as Dev and Lovato both ask the chorus's fun question in hypnotic fashion. It's another swaggering collaboration that showcases two of the game's brightest new talents. As "Together" with Jason Derülo soars, Lovato's vocal talents take center stage. There's pop palatability with just a touch of soul making for real magic.
That magic is most present on the slower fare like the standout "Fix a Heart". As a slow piano melody mounts, she breaks from a whisper into another stadium-size refrain. However, the album's true standout remains "For the Love of a Daughter" which Lovato co-wrote with William Beckett. It's a powerful and poetic cut that's revealing and raw.
Lovato does it all without any pretense or posturing. It's simply great songwriting and delivery. That simplicity shines through. She's the real deal, and her reign at the top will be Unbroken with albums like this one.
Have you heard Unbroken yet?