I feel like we’ve been waiting for this album for a while, not only because it’s been two and a half years since Demi Lovato put out Demi, but also because in that time she has worked to build herself up. It shows – she is definitely more Confident now than we’ve ever seen.
We’ve already heard the first two tracks on the album, ‘Confident’ and ‘Cool for the Summer,’ and they do set the tone for the whole album. They’re strong and brave, sexy, but also fun. A recurring theme is that Demi has changed. “Old Ways” tells us that in so many words; she isn’t going back to the person she used to be.
We also get a batch of breakup songs and love songs. I’m not sure who the breakup would be about, since she’s been dating Wilmer Valderamma for about five years now, but it’s another way to address how she’s put the past behind her.
I’d do anything for you I’d nail my heart to the ceiling I’d put my first through a wall
Relationships aren’t easy for Demi, because almost every one of these songs talks about fighting and about sacrifice. ‘Stone Cold’ was the song we received a week early, and in it she seems to have made peace with a relationship that didn’t work out; it’s pretty heartbreaking both in lyrics and in tone.
Two songs on the album feature guest artists. The first is ‘Kingdom Come’ with Iggy Azalea, who is one of Demi’s best friends, and the infectious beat had me dancing in my seat from the first listen. The other is ‘Waitin for You’ with Sirah, who I’m not as familiar with, but compares a relationship gone sour to a boxing match. The juxtaposition of these two songs about fighting together and then fighting head-to-head in the middle of the album make for some powerful imagery.
Demi doesn’t shy away from strong emotion, every thought is expressed through metaphors to paint the scene and use of explicit lyrics. Even the slow songs – ‘Wildfire’ and ‘Lionheart’ aren’t quite ballads, produced with swells of music that don’t allow them to go soft.
My favorite song, buried deep in the album, just might be ‘Yes.’ It’s a love song that’s full of optimisim, saying that yes, it might be difficult, but it’s worth giving everything and working for it. It just gives me chills every time I listen.
I can’t promise that it’s gonna be fine But here i am if you’re ready to try
The standard version of the album ends with ‘Father,’ which is powerful in it’s sadness, and also in it’s optimism. Demi had a strained relationship with her biological father and was raised mostly by her mother and her mother’s husband. Since her father passed away a few years ago, she seems to have made peace with a lot of the pain their relationship caused.
The deluxe version includes bonus tracks ‘Stars’ and ‘Mr. Hughes,’ which both could easily slide into the main track list beside the other songs, echoing the same themes, with similar production. It also gives us a few remixes of ‘Cool for the Summer’ – why not?
The picture Demi paints with her album tells us exactly who she is now: she’s a fighter, she’s strong, she’s in love and will work for it, she’s been in pain but worked through it and she’s better now.
Prone to distractions. I spend my time making playlists for every mood and researching new beauty/fashion trends, if I’m not too busy working. Usually found wearing blinged out headphones and bright lipstick, chair dancing and singing too loud. I take my LIAM with a side of Niall.