Demi Lovato burst back onto the scene earlier this year with her sassy new hit ‘Sorry Not Sorry’. The track served as the first taste of the star’s sixth studio album. However, despite what the lead single suggests, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ shows off a side of Demi we haven’t seen before. With a more R&B approach, the star used this record to tell her story. It’s her most personal album yet and the rawness and emotion that pours out of the star in both the lyrical content and vocal ability makes this her best record to date.
The first thing I noticed when listening to this record is how much the star has improved her vocal performance. She is able to hold some incredible notes and isn’t afraid to push herself to her limit when it comes to her delivery. What’s impressive is that she incorporated a well-rounded vocal to both the ballads and more uptempo tracks and it’s something that will set her apart in today’s pop space.
Sonically, the album definitely sees Demi head into a more mature direction. The album isn’t as commercial as her previous records and rather focuses on storytelling. This doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t a few hits buried in the record. Demi has gone through a lot over the past few years and opens up about addiction, love, fame and music on her just-released documentary. After watching, it’s clear why this album is so important for her. For the first time in her life, she was able to be 100% open and honest and it translates beautifully into the music she has created. The R&B element which Demi has injected into her signature pop sound has allowed her to express herself more than ever before which makes this an incredibly interesting album to listen to.
This album is incredibly balanced and it’s refreshing to have such an honest piece of art like this in pop music. Demi has done an incredible amount of growth over the past few years and this album is proof of that. Each song has something special about it and it allows the listener into her complicated world which makes the star incredibly relatable. ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ is easily one of the best pop records released this year.
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