A lot or a little?
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What's the story?
This is the first track off the second album (which shares the same name as the song) from Demi Lovato, star of Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance. It's a fitting song title, since the tune covers the same love-sick territory as so many of the tracks on Lovato's debut record, Don't Forget. Here, we find the young star describing how they can't let go of the object of their affections -- even though they know the person is no good for them: "You only hear half of what I say / And you're always showing up late / And I know that I should say goodbye / But it's no use -- can't be with or without you."
Is it any good?
In a refreshing change of pace from most of today's synth-pop songs, this single starts off with a distinctive guitar hook that catches your attention. Unfortunately, that hook gets overpowered soon enough by the power-percussion and heavy production that characterize much of the music from Lovato's contemporaries. Still, the young singer puts in a fine vocal performance that will likely shove this single to the top of the charts for at least a few weeks.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this song fits into the Lovato's generally upbeat nature, as portrayed in their TV show and movies. Does the way this song plays against type make the singer seem more complex as a person and not just a character?
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