Monday, August 03, 2009

ALBUM REVIEW: Demi Lovato's "Here We Go Again"

"Falling Over Me"
It's one of those tracks you'd expect Sara Bareilles to sing over. It has a nice melody and she does a good job of not butchering it. Singer Jon McLaughlin co-wrote it and sings in the background. It's a step in the right direction for a mature sound.

"Catch Me"
This is the second track that Lovato got to write completely on her own, a la Nick Jonas, and it isn't half bad. The message is clear, the musical production is great, but I'm not quite sure if it's a radio hit. It might be one of those tracks that you have to hear on a TV series or film before it resonates.

"Every time you lie"
I really like how her voice sounds on this track. There's a certain amount of attitude in her tone. And it isn't her usual punk-rock angst, but a soulful, jilted lover accompanied by a grand band. This is the second track that she's written with McLaughlin, and they seem to make great writing partners.

"Got Dynamite"
Most young singers who veer into what they consider rock or punk music appear to be playing the part, but this song showcases the right amount of edge in her voice to change your mind. You'll disregard the cheesy title and head-bang right along with it. It's by far my favorite:

"Stop the World"
Speaking of Nick Jonas, here's a song they wrote together probably when she opened for the boys on their massive tour. It isn't fantastic, but once again, not bad for two teens.

"World of Chances"
Here she has another co-writing credit with a musician—this time the amazing John Mayer. Unfortunately, it's far too repetitive to resonate on a deeper level. I wouldn't say this is an example of a musician half-assing his way through a track for a buck, but it isn't his best work...or hers.

"Remember December"
I really love the band on this track, even though it kind of reminds me of Metro Station, which is awkward since she just broke up with one of their band members.

All in all, it's not a bad sophomore album. I just hope she continues to explore even more sounds and vocal pitches as she progresses.

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