A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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.