Here We Go Again

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Tales of heartbreak fill Disney star's sadder-but-wiser CD.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 33 reviews

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Positive Messages

Lovato's message about dating and relationships is largely a negative one, with most of her songs revolving around either terrible breakups or wariness that a good relationship will eventually go wrong.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfrankf-k January 11, 2015
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byTora Gwen May 11, 2010

Not bad for kids 9-15, but not for the younger ones

I kind of like this song, it's very catchy. My daughter loves it, and she's always dancing around to it. It's so cute to see!
Here We Go Again do... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKatySpears58 November 27, 2011

A talented Disney singer! Finally

I really love Demi. She's a good role model, good singer, good songwriter, She's extremely talented. I actually really like this album. It's fin... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 5, 2011

Good role model

I'll tell you why Demi is a good role model. This is for everyone who has been saying she's not a good role model. She knew she had a problem and she... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids 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?

Music details

  • Artist: Demi Lovato
  • Release date: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 2, 2015

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