Brooke Nicholson | Arts & Entertainment Editor
2017 has been a huge year for singer, songwriter, and active philanthropist Demi Lovato. After suffering from an overwhelming drug and alcohol addiction, an eating disorder, and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she decided to turn her life around by checking into rehab back in 2010, completing three successful months in the program.
On September 29th, she released her sixth studio album, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ that she claims is her biggest tell-all about her and her journey, along with her second documentary, ‘Simply Complicated’, that premiered on YouTube October 17th.
Demi has never been shy about telling the world what she has gone through, hoping that it would inspire others to take action if they had been suffering from similar ailments. This is very apparent in her music, and as soon as she was done working on her fifth studio album ‘Confident’ back in 2015, the singer confirmed that she had already begun working on her sixth one, saying that it would evolve right from the last. After hinting at some of the songs she had been recording in the studio and dropping her first single, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which debuted number one in 37 countries after its release, Demi drops the 45 minute 12 track record, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’.
The album begins with her hit single ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ that was teenagers’ 2017 summer hit that played on every radio station on repeat. The album contains a decent mix of upbeat pop songs that we are used to hearing from Demi, but also contain some of her infamous slower songs, such as ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, and even threw in a bit of R&B into the mix with her explicitly addictive melody, ‘Lonely’, featuring Lil Wayne. She puts guys in their place with ‘Games’, warning them that “she dates men, but you’re acting like a little boy”, and talks all about how love makes her act in crazy ways with ‘Daddy Issues’.
‘Simply Complicated’ documents Demi’s extensive journey through the recording process of the new album while giving fans a big insight into the person she used to be, and how she’s managed to overcome some of her biggest struggles. With the documentary already racking up more than seven million views on YouTube, Demi reveals that the lowest points in her life actually inspired her to make something beautiful out of it.
Demi has made it abundantly apparent with her attitude towards recovery and stripping as raw as she possibly can with her music and in her career. Reviews of her newest album has most critics giving her album more positive praise than negative remarks. Demi has established herself as an artist that can skillfully blend genres like hip-hop into a pop-like mix.
She doesn’t plan on slowing down – Demi continues to work with charities, work on improving herself and making music, as she says that “she wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for music – true story” in her 2012 documentary ‘Staying Strong’.
Her booming voice and large vocal range results in a song on the album that almost everyone can enjoy.