It’s been a tough ride for Demi Lovato, what with the “alleged punch” a while ago and her short stint in rehab. But, the young starlet is back and claiming she’s grown up. Her latest album UNBROKEN (out today) showcases her new mature and slightly fierce attitude it an upbeat and tasteful way… but unfortunately also in a boring way.
We’ll start with the album positives: her collaborating with R&B superstars like Timbaland and Missy Elliott was a step in the right direction. "All Night Long" is the best of the album. “Who’s That Boy” with Dev definitely expands on her R&B sound, as does “You’re My Only Shorty” with Iyaz, but the true gem was her partnering with Jason Derulo on “Together” (even if a large amount of the song is just them repeating “Oh” over and over again).
But beyond the collaborations, the rest of the album is just a compilation of supreme power ballads of her proclaiming her struggles and new-found stability. And yes, they all just sort of run together as one song. While they showcase that she can do more than one genre (she sheds R&B a bit more towards a pop sound), not a single track is worthy of listening to twice. The majority of her solo tracks serve about as much purpose as elevator music.
Sorry, Demi, in a world of young superstars releasing their latest singles and albums, we recommend you do something a little more daring than “mature”. – 2/5