Revisiting Demi Lovato’s Album ‘Unbroken’ Shows An Uneven Electronic Effort That Contains Talent And Tedium
I vaguely am familiar with Demi Lovato’s child acting career, having caught her performances back in the day occasionally on kids’ shows Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance, and coinciding with this, her albums Don’t Forget and Here We Go Again captured the juvenile, fun loving Pop Punk scene that is really hard to resist when Lovato was bursting with immense bandleader energy and truly untouchable vocals for that sub genre. Sure there was a generic overproduction to both albums’ music then, yet while I had heard that she re-invented her sound for subsequent albums, I did not realize to what extent that the new Demi Lovato had gone full on Rihanna Synth Pop. Was I digging this style 5, 6 years ago? Of course not – too much music to listen to out there to waste my time. But I know that people adore these songs, cover them, and I certainly have attended a few karaoke parties in my time, impressed how the girls in the group knew every word and cadence for the joints on this album. These days, I have a more evaluative mind, meaning this extends to the music I like just as much to the music that I don’t. I have heard some of the singles on Unbroken over the years on the radio, etc, and had no freakin’ clue that they were by Demi Lovato – especially tracks such as “Give Your Heart a Break”, which I always assumed was by Rihanna. That is the double edged sword of Lovato’s voice and musical choices. She can switch anything and everything up to suit her goals – and with Unbroken, her goal was not so much a ‘mature’ Pop album, as she has claimed in the past, but rather, to break in to the Pop stardom afforded to Rihanna and Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Hey, 2011 was like that – everyone copying everybody else’s success, yet, the result is abysmal on this album, with 14 tracks of mostly unlistenable songwriting and cheap trick synth.