We are back and so is Demi Lovato! After the failure (both in a commercial sense and quality) that ‘Confident‘ was, she took a break from music , which enabled her to think about her career and empowered her to make a comeback.
In ‘Tell Me You Love Me‘, we find a more R&B leaning Demi, as opposed to the in-your-face pop that ruled over ‘Confident‘. Some features still remain though, like those moments when she goes overboard with her singing during choruses. Nevertheless, despite being an awfully underwhelming lead single, ‘Sorry Not Sorry‘, has managed to make its way up the charts and become a minor hit for her. Funnily enough, the single isn’t representative of what’s to come during the album, mostly dominated by mid tempos. ‘Only Forever‘ and ‘Games‘ are both not only pretty much the two most disposable and forgettable songs of this batch of mid tempos but also of the album – they add nothing to the overall theme and sound.
Despite all of this, Demi’s sixth studio effort manages to be extremely consistent and quite good to her standards. The title track, for example, is a great, well executed ballad. She sings her lungs out to her lover, showing her vulnerable side and dependence on her partner in order to be happy (!). Another highlight of the record is the classy ‘Hitchhiker‘, where Lovato’s voice develops throughout the song, to reach an explosive last chorus as it is usual with her music.
There are a couple uptempo songs hidden in between though! ‘Sexy Dirty Love‘ is definitely the ‘Cool For The Summer‘ of the album, whilst ‘Daddy Issues‘ is THE facepalm inducing song. Both are essential to make listening the album much more enjoyable as they add new sounds to it.
There are two main issues with Poot’s alleged sister though. Even though she has one of the strongest voices in the industry, she hasn’t quite found a production to her music to help her not to over-sing. The second is that I, personally, don’t find her music authentic. Her albums so far seem like pure marketing cycles instead of actually being creative, therefore, as personal as her lyrics may be to her, they mean nothing to me.
In conclusion, ‘Tell Me You Love Me‘ is Demi Lovato’s best record, even though that wasn’t much of a hard task considering her mediocre discography. It is a step forward in her career, and she seems to start to tone things down both vocally and instrumentally, so her next efforts should be interesting to listen to! Overall a cute album, with some cool songs.(5 / 10)