Introduction

Demi Lovato is one of my favorite pop stars ever.  Starting out in the Disney bubble with Sonny With a Chance and Camp Rock, she released two teen pop albums while being a TV darling: 2008’s Don’t Forget (a solid debut) and Here We Go Again (a flat follow-up). Once she broke out on her own, she started producing some really strong efforts. 2011’s Unbroken is a strong album with some very strong singles. 2013’s Demi is an incredible powerhouse album is amazing songs. Her return with 2015’s Confident was underwhelming in comparison but still strong. She released her single Body Say in 2016, which signaled a new, more adult Demi. She followed that up with her 2017 single Sorry Not Sorry which appears on her sixth studio album.


1. Sorry Not Sorry

This is one of my favorite songs of the year. It’s a great revenge song with some excellent production and wonderful lyricism from Demi. Her vocal prowess is demonstrated so well. It’s a great song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

2. Tell Me You Love Me

The title track of the album is very synthy with some 80s pop vibes. It’s got some Adele vibes to it. It’s a pretty love song that has nice 80s groove to it some Gospel influences. It’s very catchy and pretty. The production is very solid.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

3. Sexy Dirty Love

The song opens with a boom bap feel. It had a great summer feel to it. Demi really proves she’s one of the top pop queens of all time. Her vocals are solid and the production is bombastic and fun. It’s a sleek song, production wise. Her vocals are great.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

4. You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore

It has a very strings-heavy, R&B vibe with some gorgeous vocals and an Adele feel. It’s a really tragically harsh song, but it’s brutally honest and it knows it. Lyrically, it’s lacking a bit. Vocally it’s one of her strongest songs yet. The production is really solid.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

5. Daddy Issues

Starting out with a synthetic woodwind section that’s really neat. The production is really good on this song. The lyrics are mediocre, but the vocals again are stellar. This is the weakest track on the album so far.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B+

6. Ruin The Friendship

The beat is really solid. As stated previously, the production and vocals are great. The lyricism is good on this track though. The horns are smooth and a beautiful touch that creates a very rich sound. It’s has a real gentle vibe to it.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

7. Only Forever

Distorted pianos open up this one. Enter the bass and the lyrics. Just from the opening tone, I get the sense that it’s a sad song. It’s a song about waiting that’s got some sweet production, but fails a bit in the lyrics department. Her vocals sound good. It’s alright, it’s not the worst Demi song, but it’s not the best.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B

8. Lonely (ft. Lil Wayne)

Opening with gentle piano and smooth vocal riffs, this one sounds like it’s going to be a sad song. It’s already a hit in the lyricism department. Her vocals are gorgeous. The production is very solid on this one. It’s a bittersweet song with some incredible vocals. It becomes an angry song once we get to the chorus, but the song is still morose and sad. It’s a very emotionally layered song with complexities not often seen in pop songs. It’s a great song, until Lil Wayne shows up. He drags the song down with his auto tune dribble and mumble “rap” that is pointless and really terrible. Lil Wayne needs to retire, and should’ve left this song alone. It’s perfect without him.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

9. Cry Baby

The guitars ring in an ominous tone, which is quelled by an R&B song with Smokey vocals and production. I’m already hooked. Her vocals are incredible and the production is incredible. The lyricism is pretty solid with some good rhymes.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

10. Games

The production is incredible and launches with some really great vocals right out the gate. The lyricism is strong this round too. It’s a really annoyed and cautionary song that lands strongly. The vocals are really the highlight of the song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

11. Concentrate

With some really rich guitars, Demi showcases her vocal talents again with this song. The production is good and the lyricism is very adult and compelling. It’s a very provocative song that has some 70s elements to it.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

12. Hitchhiker

The bass and guitars paint a country/folk inspired song that has some pretty vocals and feels very tonality similar to “Concentrate” but without the very intense lyricism. It’s a sweet and pretty song that is genuinely romantic.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

13. Instruction (ft. Jax Jones and Stefflon Don)

The Latin Pop vibe is infectious. Demi’s vocals are amazing in the dance song that is 100% guaranteed to get you up and move. This is a wonderful party track.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

14. Sorry Not Sorry – Acoustic

The acoustic version just highlight Demi’s stellar vocals and serves a perfect reprise to bookend and her stellar album.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

15. No Promises – Acoustic (ft. Cheat Codes)

The acoustic version of the hit dance song of the summer is a beautiful recording that highlights both Demi’s vocals and Cheat Codes’. It’s a beautiful finale to an incredible album.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

Conclusion

Demi is still my favorite of her albums, but this is a powerhouse of pop vocals and sleek production and lyricism. This a very new, adult Demi and she’s a killer. It’s a bold collection of very good pop songs with great production. She really is the modern Queen of Pop.

Album Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

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