• Justin Tran

Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Demi Lovato’s Rebirth

Ever since she was 14, Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight for her roles in Disney Channel shows, as a popular singer, and a celebrity personality. The most intimate moments of her life have spread like wildfire, especially with her highly publicized overdose in 2018. After recording and releasing various tracks for the past three years, Lovato recently released her newest album, Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Starting Over.

The standard 19-track album was released on April 2, 2021, after being recorded since February 2018. The pop album features new songs and a cover of the 1982 Tears for Fears song “Mad World”. The album also features a few other artists on certain tracks, including Ariana Grande, Sam Fischer and Noah Cyrus.

One of the album’s strengths shine in Lovato’s vocals in some of the songs, especially in ballads. Lovato’s voice is impeccable in the tracks “Dancing with the Devil” and “Anyone”. Her voice works well to accentuate (and ultimately define) the best tracks on the album, which are “Anyone”, “Easy”, “What Other People Say”, and “California Sober”. These three ballads are the highlights of the album and are truly Lovato’s strengths. The other non-ballad song that is a standout track on the album is “My Girlfriends Are My Boyfriend”, which has a more groovy, upbeat sound.

While there are definitely some great songs on the album, its detractors are that the rest of the songs are generally average. Sonically, the album doesn’t push into any new territory. A majority of the tracks are listenable and have positives, but don’t knock it out of the park as some other previously listed tracks do. While it may not bring a new sound to the table, the album’s production is cohesive, which creates an atmosphere when listening to it in full.

The struggles she’s had to overcome over the recent years is reflective in the album, emotion pouring out in numerous tracks. The album’s cover art appropriately features a

few butterflies which, like this album for Lovato, signify a growth and rebirth for her own future. Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over may be the beginning of a new chapter for Lovato musically and personally. Although the album isn’t perfect all the way through, there are a few stand out moments that make the album worth checking out for those curious.

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