Here We Go Again
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though Demi Lovato doesn't use foul language or discuss adult themes like sex and drugs on this album, the record's overall message -- that romantic love is overwhelmingly hurtful and disappointing -- is a dismal one, especially for young adults.
What's the story?
HERE WE GO AGAIN is the second full-length album from one of the brightest young stars in the current Disney constellation: sixteen-year-old Demi Lovato. To write this record, Lovato sought the help of one of today's most well-known singer-songwriters, John Mayer, as well as other talented songwriters like Jon McLaughlin. The end result is a somewhat more mature CD -- in both tone and lyrics -- than those of the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Lovato's other peers. While this maturity doesn't come with explicit language or references to sex, drugs, and other adult themes, it does include a gloomy perspective on romantic relationships that is especially sad to hear from someone so young. For instance, "I've been bruised and I've been broken / Can't believe that I put up with all this pain / I've been used and I was choking on the promise / I would never fall again."
Is it any good?
On this CD, Lovato tries to break free from the mundane synth-pop blueprint that underlies most teen music today. She succeeds on several songs, including the ballad "Catch Me;" the breezy "Every Time You Lie" (which sounds heavily influenced by Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning"); and the rock-inspired "Got Dynamite." On all of the tracks, Lovato is clearly singing her heart out, to good effect: her overall vocal performance is super solid and makes the album seem that much more different than those of her contemporaries.
Families can talk about...
What might lead a young person like Lovato to develop such a pessimistic outlook on romantic relationships?
How can kids go about learning the ropes of romantic relationships without getting in over their heads?