Sophie Dishman

Review: Demi Lovato – Confident.

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Demi Lovato performs at Day 1 of the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

Demi Lovato performs at Day 1 of the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

It’s been over two years since Demi Lovato’s last album ‘Demi’, and with her album cover being released, fans have been waiting for her most personal album yet. Following world-wide speculation, this album can be said to bring Lovato’s experiences into the open, in the most subtle way. She has matured from her teenage Camp Rock sound into a grungy pop voice that most definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed in this album. The name “Confident” says it all. 

The new album which was released on Friday October 16 had many sighing with relief, including myself. I’ve been a fan of Lovato since her duet with Joe Jonas on Camp Rock and her music has evolved with me. You know when Demi Lovato is singing because she now has an iconic voice and we couldn’t say that before.

The first track on the album aptly named “Confident” starts with a melodic, thumping bass beat, almost like Lovato is metaphorically marching in the army. Lovato asks the listener “what’s wrong with being confident” and with its pop undertones we can’t help singing along with her. This mature yet pop-princess song has many expletives but it has a catchy lyrics that we can’t ignore.

Cool for the Summer has faced many questions. The undertones of sexuality do come through in some of her lyrics – “don’t tell your mother” and “I’m curious” being some of them. This song has been critiqued many times, but with the multiple instruments playing in the background, listeners forget the expletives and the suggestive lyrics. The theme of the album starts to come through – it’s about exploration and perhaps this is what Lovato is trying to get across. She is certainly experimenting with her sound in this album!

“Old Ways” has a Rihanna-esque beat; she most certainly isn’t going back to her old sound with this song. Lovato talks about change and this could relate to her Disney years and how she has matured in herself and in her sound. It may refer to sexuality, with many asking whether this album hints at Lovato’s personal life.

Stone Cold is the stand out track for me – it is different. The morbid song lyrics jump out against the deafening beat – though the beat is silenced against lyrics like “dying on the floor” and “I’ll take the pain”. This ballad highlights Lovato’s vocal range as well as the track “For You”.

Lovato has teamed up with two people on this album – Iggy Azalea and Sirah. In “Kingdom Come” she duets with Azalea. The beat is almost hypnotising, with listeners almost being able to predict what’s coming next. Iggy Azalea comes in on the bridge with her infamous rap skills and shows the versatility of the song and of the album.

Sirah, on the other hand plays to Lovato’s strengths and allows her voice to take over. The 90’s sounding rap in the middle of the song proves a different sound but unfortunately for me -“Waitin For You” almost sounded the same as other tracks on the album – different lyrics but a similar beat. The auto-tune does come through on this track too, something which we haven’t heard from Lovato at all – another experimentation on the album. This will be a love or hate song like “Wildfire” and “Lionheart”.

The bass was back with the second to last track – “Yes”, but Lovato changed it up again with a gospel-sounding finale track – “Father” – a tribute to her father who died in 2013. The lyrics were touching and enabled us to hear Lovato’s thoughts on how the passing affected her.

Lovato’s mature sound has definitely come to fruition with this album, offering listeners the chance to have catchy beats and imaginative lyrics whilst still allowing Lovato to show off her amazing tone. She did switch up the songs on her album, giving them different beats, but the album was very contradictory and there weren’t as many stand out tracks as I thought there would be.

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