August 3, 2021

Demi Lovato confesses in public with an explicit and routine album

RYAN PFLUGER

Album: Dancing With The Devil.. The Art Of Starting Over . Topics: “Anyone”; “Dancing With The Devil”; “ICU” (Madison’s Lullabye)”; “Intro”; “The Art Of Starting Over”; “Lonely People”; “The Way You Don’t Look At Me”; “Melon Cake”; “Met Him Last Night” (feat. Ariana Grande); “What Other People Say” (con Sam Fisher); “Carefully”; “The Kind Of Lover I Am”; “Easy” (con Noah Cyrus); “15 Minutes”; “My Girlfriends Is My Boyfriend” (feat. Saweetie); “California Sober”; “Mad World”; “Butterfly”; “Good Place”; “Sunset”. Edition: Island Records. Our opinion: regular.

The story of Demi Lovato it is not entirely original. It is, once again, a person overcome by the circumstances that he chooses to star in. A conscious victim of the show business meat grinder who prefers public catharsis over private. For the entertainment industry she remains a good candidate: tales of stardom, crisis and redemption are a perfect fuel for this era of overexposure in which rumors circulate like a virus thanks to the categorical effectiveness of social networks.

Born 28 years ago in Albuquerque, Lovato has been in show business since she was six. Today it is one of the most relevant names in pop culture that the United States exports to the entire planet. All his albums have been successful: among the six that precede the brand new Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over there are four that achieved gold certification and two that achieved platinum certification. Her popularity increased thanks to TV: she was a judge in the reality musical The X Factor, acted in the series Glee Y Will & Grace and he was accumulating followers on Instagram until he reached 102 million that he has today.

The title of their new album is eloquent and fits perfectly with its starkly confessional tone. The script looks well worked: after putting the body and the psyche at the disposal of the constant triumph operation that is prescribed for artists of his style, if the delivery leaves sequels, it is better to tell them with an exemplary eagerness. The morals usually conquer the mass public.

Before exposing every lurid detail related to her addictions – a dramatic saga that weaves together episodes of bulimia and anorexia with excesses in the consumption of alcohol, MDMA, heroin and crack -, Lovato had hinted her intention to sound spicy with “Commander In Chief” , a dart aimed at Donald Trump in which he accused the extravagant former president of his country of lining his pockets while many people were starving.

But this time the gaze is inward: more than the miseries of the world in which she lives, Demi gave the start of her program of intimate revelations with the documentary Dancing With the Devil, premiered this year at the South by Southwest Film Festival and available as paid content on YouTube since March. The most shocking of the material has to do with the sexual assaults and family traumas that this wayward star promoted at the time by the Disney factory brings to light with the same explicit language that characterizes his new songs.

In purely musical terms, Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over it doesn’t restart anything, rather it continues a line that its fans easily recognize. Since its debut in 2008 –Don’t Forget– to this day, Demi has settled into the sound of the time, almost always stepping into a combination of sugary electro pop and light R&B very familiar to fans of elaborate and generally nondescript products like the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Pink and Katy Perry.

Lovato doesn’t have the charm of Miley Cyrus nor the mystery or the erotic power of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé nor the personality of Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera. Even when he has focused his speech on the affirmation of his own identity, that search whose results he now tries to reflect in his personality and in the resolution of his daily dilemmas does not appear reflected in his music, where the ghosts of consecrated colleagues roam (in some passages brief Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey, in others a less suggestive and daring version of Ariana Grande, special guest on “Met Him Last Night”, a hit song with a climate that vaguely refers to the sound of Eurythmics), becomes evident stumbling across foreign material (the “Mad World” version doesn’t have the punch of the Tears For Fears original) or, perhaps worse, an overwhelming solemnity resonates (“Easy,” with Miley’s younger sister Noah Cyrus as an occasional partner ). It is clear that his dense melodrama has potential as cannon fodder for the tabloid press, but also little crumb in terms of musical novelties.