Demi

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Lovato dishes on love in mostly tween-friendly album.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Most of the songs show an empowered young woman looking for a positive, loving relationship ("I'm a warrior / I'm stronger than I've ever been ... And you can never hurt me again,") though one song does show Lovato looking for a one-night stand ("Don't wanna do more than hook up.") And "Heart Attack" says "When I don't care / I can play 'em like a Ken doll," which isn't the most positive message. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

A former Disney star, Lovato has been honest about her struggles with eating disorders and cutting. While she's growing up and maturing, she hasn't gotten too racy with her music.

Violence
Sex

While most of the songs only talk about romantic love, two tracks do talk about sex. In "Really Don't Care," Cher Lloyd, who's featured on the song, sings "Second guess him, but shoulda hit that / Hey Demi, you picked the wrong lover." And on "Something That We're Not" Demi talks about just wanting a one-night stand: "We happened once, or maybe it was twice... Don't wanna do more than hook up."

Language

The album has a few instances of light profanity, including "hell" on "Nightingale, "bad-ass" on "Fire Starter," and "I'll walk right up to you and put one finger in the air" on "Really Don't Care."

Consumerism

"Made in the USA" says "Our love runs deep like a Chevy."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that former Disney star Demi Lovato is all grown up, but still stays fairly clean here. With an overall message of being true to yourself and holding out for a positive relationship, ("But even if the stars and moon collide, I never want you back into my life / You can take your words and all your lies / Oh oh I really don't care") the album shows Lovato comfortable in her own skin. Though there are a few instances of mild profanity ("hell," "ass") and references to sex, there are no references to drugs, alcohol or violence, making the album OK for older tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 15 years old Written bybscgirl May 31, 2013

Demi

Demi is a strong and power women and her music shows.It is a beautiful album i recommend it 100% ps i am not a lovotic saying this
Teen, 14 years old Written byiamacannibal May 22, 2013

Amazing, but a few things to watch out for

This album is great! There are a few things to watch out for - "hell" in Nightingale; "you'll be coming home with me tonight" in Neon L... Continue reading

What's the story?

Demi Lovato explores love from every angle on her fourth album DEMI, from shying away from losing her heart in the first single, "Heart Attack," to a giddy love-fest on "Made in the USA," to just wanting a one-night stand on "Really Don't Care." The underlying theme uniting them is a strong woman with self-respect who won't let anyone keep her down, ending with the message "I'm stronger than I've ever been," on "Warrior."

Is it any good?

Lovato is stronger than she's ever been on this album. But she's still struggling at times to find her voice. On some tracks it feels like she's trying on other performers' styles for size. "Heart Attack" and "Made in the USA" sound eerily like Kelly Clarkson, especially the later with a melody that's really close to "Already Gone." And "Neon Lights," with its EDM beats, sounds like Nicki Minaj's "Starships."

Lovato is at her best on the cleaner, clear ballads like "Maybe You Shouldn't Come Back," which is beautiful and heartbreaking. You can hear the emotion crackle her voice when it's not stuck behind cheesy dance beats. And "Made in the USA," while not a ground-breaking song, is definitely a fun summer anthem. While every song may not be a hit, this is an album that definitely deserves a second listen. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lovato as a role model. Has she continued to be a positive influence for young girls as she's grown older?

  • Do you think Lovato shows a positive outlook on love and relationships on this album?

Music details

For kids who love powerful female vocalists

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