Every Disney star has to grow up at some point, and I think Demi Lovato has been at that stage for a while. But I’m just now realizing it. I wanted to remember Lovato as the “Here We Go Again” and “La La La” singer, so I just neglected to listen to her new albums “Demi” and “Confident.”
After growing up idolizing a woman of beauty inside and out, I thought it was time to respect her as a growing adult and give her new album, “Tell Me You Love Me,” a listen, especially after hearing the single “Sorry Not Sorry.” The single was nothing like I’d heard from Lovato before, which intrigued me.
Throughout the album, Lovato really utilizes her strong vocal cords, which she has had her whole career. Lovato also proves herself as an ex-Disney singer with several explicit songs and titles, such as “Sexy Dirty Love,” as well as Lil Wayne being featured on a track.
I respect Disney stars such as Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and Lovato who cut the Disney tie to do their own thing. What sets Lovato aside from Gomez and Cyrus is that her sound is still the same, but the lyrics are just more adult. While listening the album, at least three of the first five songs sound like something I would hear on Disney Channel, with hopefully different lyrics. No disrespect toward Lovato’s career; it’s just easily notable.
Most of the other songs on the album resemble a slow, sleek, sexy vibe that Lovato has been showing through her music and fashion choices the past few years. Slow songs like “Cry Baby” and “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” are accompanied by Lovato’s strong overpowering vocals. It’s almost as if Lovato is confused by what sound she wants to showcase her style as.
The album isn’t something I could find myself dancing to at a concert or even belting the lyrics to in my car. It’s more of a “I’ll listen by myself when boys are aggravating me” kind of album.
With lyrics like “Don't know how to commit / But I might want your kid / And after our first kiss / Got your name on my wrist / Yeah, I get a little obsessive / A little aggressive, a little bit too invested,” I’m not fully invested into the album.
It’s no doubt in my mind that Lovato is talented and she will still remain one of my favorites in the industry, but I would like to preserve in my head past moments of her career instead of the music she has out now. Tell me you don’t love me accurately sums up how I feel about this album.
“Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell Me You Love Me” are the two songs off the album that I can really listen to. I would have to give this album 3/5 stars because the sound was too sexual for my taste. Lovato’s vocals are still to-die-for, but they can also be overwhelming on some of the tracks.
The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.