Demi Lovato’s new album is ‘Confident.’ With this, her fifth solo album, the former Disney star further stakes her claim in the pop music landscape. As for what the critics have to say, check out a roundup.
The 23-year-old former Disney child star of ‘Barney and Friends’ fame and teen star of ‘Camp Rock’ movies fame has just released her fifth studio album. Yes, it’s titled, ‘Confident,’ and, of course, it’s that sometimes elusive quality many of us would like more of; just peruse the hashtage #Confident in social media and one finds a wealth of motivational postings.
The title track itself — produced by hitmaker producer Ilya (Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and “Bang Bang” ft. Jessie J and Nicki Minaj) — underscores the brazen and assertiveness of the title, with such lines as “I used to hold my freak back / Now I’m letting go.” For those who know the backstory of rehab struggles and the rebirth as a role model and spokesperson for mental health, it echoes what she herself has said in recent interviews.
Yes, striving to solidify a grownup sensibility and a new image. Many before her have succeeded — think Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera who were all Disney Mousketeers, and now hard to envision as anything but iconic artists, each in their own right. So yes, there is a pathway to success and it’s impossible to overlook that a fellow former Disney child star, Selena Gomez has also released an album, ‘Revival,’ just a week ahead of Demi Lovato’s. And much has been made of comparing and contrasting — and unfortunately, as is often the case, pitting female artists against each other to try to engineer a rivalry where none exists.
But ultimately, this is the highly competitive pop music marketplace and the merits of the music and the artistic vision are going to get lost without the massive public relations push which, for Demi Lovato, has been so closely intertwined with a personal story of transformation.
As for the music critics. Here’s a roundup of what they have to say.
“…. Over 11 tracks Lovato’s energy is unwavering, sometimes to a fault. So it’s a welcome relief that she takes a moment to reveal a softer side on the gospel-tinged ballad “Father,” a tear-jerking tribute to her estranged late dad…..”– EW
“….It’s powerful stuff, especially from a singer who has bravely spoken out about her past struggles with depression, drug and alcohol abuse and an eating disorder, but ultimately ‘Confident’ feels a bit relentless. Even closer ‘Father’, a lyrically raw and initially stripped down ode to Lovato’s late father, who died of cancer in 2013, ends with a full-scale gospel choir finale. But despite its complete lack of subtlety, ‘Confident’ hints there’s more to Demi Lovato than her unfortunate recent comments about crockery….” — NME
Check back for more reviews as they arrive of Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ album and see the cover art and the official music video of the title track below!
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