Demi Lovato: ‘Don’t Forget – Deluxe Edition’ Album Review

Demi Lovato: ‘Don’t Forget – Deluxe Edition’ Album Review
By Michael Aaron Gallagher

Review: 5 Stars (out of 5 Stars)

“‘Don’t forget’ is an emotional, passionate and poetic musical declaration. Demi Lovato is one of the few young talents in the industry with staying power.”
StayFamous.Net

It’s not often I buy an album anymore. Now that my music reviews are read in more than 100 countries around the world, record companies and publicists often eagerly supply me with demos, in the hopes of having their band mentioned on Stay Famous. But every now and then I come across an artist who captures my attention and stands out from all the rest, someone who is worthy of the trip to the record store. Sometimes it is an “undiscovered” act just starting out, and other times it is someone who already has the following of a pop superstar.

For fans of Demi Lovato, it is no surprise that she deserves to be featured on StayFamous.Net. In 2009, she released “Don’t Forget: Deluxe Edition” (Hollywood Records), a two-CD set that includes her album “Don’t Forget” and a bonus DVD with concert footage from the Jonas Brothers recent ‘Burnin’ Up’ Tour, music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most promising young superstars in the music industry today.

Although Lovato first gained national attention for her famous friendship with pal Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), make no mistake, her career is not resting on the shoulders of industry friends like touring sensations the Jonas Brothers. Lovato is a natural talent, who just so happens to be associated with other Disney crafted superstars.

In an age of manufactured celebrities and American Idol wannabees, what impresses me most about Lovato is her sincere passion for the song. She is an original, powerful and passionate act. Unlike many other pop stars, she holds nothing back during her performances. She pours her heart and soul into the studio recordings, into the making of her music videos, and even in her on-stage performances. She is not simply singing the song and reciting the lyrics, she is telling a story with sincerity and style. Ultimately, “Don’t Forget” is a genuine pop record with the authentic heart and soul of teenage angst, excitement and fun. Her vocal versatility proves she could perform any style of music with ease.

“Don’t Forget” is what pop music should be – simple, heartfelt lyrics wrapped in a melody that gets stuck in your head and demands to be listened to again and again. Once you hit the repeat button on songs like “La La Land,” Trainwreck,” and “Don’t Forget,” there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find yourself singing along in no time.

Tracks on “Don’t Forget: Deluxe Edition” include:

1. La La Land (*Top Pick for StayFamous.Net “Favorite Song” on the Album)
2. Get Back
3. Trainwreck * Must listen to song
4. Party
5. On the Line (featuring the Jonas Brothers)
6. Don’t Forget * Must listen to song
7. Gonna Get Caught
8. Two Worlds Collide
9. The Middle
10. Until You’re Mine
11. Believe in Me
12. Behind Enemy Lines
13. Lo Que Soy (“This is Me”- Spanish) * Must listen to song

Some of her new songs are so catchy and easy to relate to, I searched the liner notes to give the songwriter some additional praise in my review. When I found out that Lovato had co-written almost all of the tracks on her new album, I was even more impressed with her. In a world where pop radio stations are dominated by music that is often inappropriate for younger audiences, Demi Lovato provides a listener-friendly alternative to audiences of all ages.

Although Demi Lovato’s music has clearly been marketed to the Radio Disney crowd, some of her songs truly belong on pop radio stations around the country. Her sound is superior to most of the artificial, American Idol acts and so-called R&B/hip-hop stars that clutter the music charts.

The blend of pop and rock rhythms is flawlessly delivered, accenting the combination of her delicate, breathy melodies with rock star power. She proves she can master soft ballads, pop rhythms and still rock out with a guitar. And her emotional lyrics can’t help but make you wonder what the inspiration was behind them.

That being said, the only criticism I would level against the “Don’t Forget: Deluxe Edition” album is that the bonus DVD does not contain the “Don’t Forget” music video (although it does have a memorable live performance of the song).

With the recent re-release of her album “Don’t Forget,” Demi Lovato is making a powerful vocal statement, delivering a mix of unforgettable lyrics with the vocal talent of a polished performer. The reign of former pop princesses like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera is over. It’s time to make way for Demi Lovato. And it just so happens, it’s also fun to say her name.

To find out more about Demi Lovato, including concert dates, music downloads and much more, visit www.myspace.com/demilovato. Her album “Don’t Forget” is available on iTunes and is in stores now.

Movie Trivia:
“During the six days I spent shooting my scenes for the upcoming feature film ‘Ms. Cannibal Holocaust’ by Director Ron Bonk (which comes out this fall), Demi Lovato’s song ‘La La Land’ was one of my favorite tracks to listen to, while I was on set.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher
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