Demi Lovato is an artiste I would describe as unpredictable. Her previous albums – “Don’t Forget” and “Here we go again” were pretty savvy, full of aggressive pop-rock.
With “Unbroken” it’s like Lovato wiping the slate clean. It represents Lovato as an adult now, being in a stable-ish relationship and more mature now. She collaborates with Jason Derülo, IYAZ and Dev, and on a couple of songs with the producer Timbaland.
From start to finish, Lovato’s third studio album is as focused as it is feisty, and that’s why critics have given positive reviews on it. The album starts off with “All Night Long” featuring Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Sharing a track with these two icons, Lovato holds her own well by infusing some soulful swagger into the hook before the theatrical production drops into a light speed rhyme from Elliott.
“Together” with Jason Derülo is another track that soars on the album, with a touch of soul making for real magic from Lovato who certainly showcases a more mature sound on this album. “Skyscraper” is undoubtedly my favourite track where Lovato stretches her vocals to an almost haunting tune. At moments it sounds like Coldplay’s “Life in technicolour” and other moments it sounds like an 80s pop ballad. It’s just a beautiful clashing over everything that invokes emotion.
If you listen to the lyrics of the various sounds on “Unbroken”, it gives the impression of the rise and fall of a person. Everybody is human from celebrities to presidents or even your boss sitting in the room across you. The tracks represent the building blocks of what makes you or in this case Demi Lovato distinctive as a person, and that’s character.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This songstress has grown up and it’s time for you to take notice and pay attention.
By Connor J. Bale
Unbroken is available now at all good music stores
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