wish she had more songs like every time you lie, it suited her voice but was different enough from the disney pop rock she did on her first record. This new sound she's going for just sounds a little ridiculous coming from her sky scraper was decent tho
Every Time You Lie is amazing. I was blown away when I first heard it on the radio, and I wanted her to go in that direction. The first four songs off this album are so out of place and random.
i was surprised by how great "skyscraper" was. I felt a bit disappointed when I realized she didn't write it herself, but the emotion she puts into that song are great. That's the realest song that's been on the radio in a while. Might have to check this album out (plus she looks hot on the cover, which is saying something b/c I usually don't find her too attractive).
Eh, she usually writes a lot of her stuff, so I wasn't that bothered at all. Also, Demi looks better than she does on this album cover like 95% of the time (the other 5% being when she dresses like a tacky(er) Kim Kardashian). They used way too much makeup and photoshop.
haha yeah i know there was makeup and computer magic involved, but hey it worked. I have to disagree with your ranking though. I would say Selena is at least tied (if not slightly above) Demi, and Miley is ranked third. I'm not saying this as a Miley hater, but as someone who enjoyed a song or two by her and was, for some reason, obsessed with the hannah montana show a while back.
Eh, I think she looks good on the cover, but I've seen her look so much prettier just in pap pics walking down the streets. I used to be Demi>Selena>Miley, but Selena got shifted recently. Demi is the best singer of the three, Selena the best actress. I've loved Demi ever since I heard her voice on Disney Channel when they were first promoting her music. I ranked Miley above Selena because, although Can't Be Tamed was an awful album, Breakout was fantastic and she seems really genuine about what she does and who she is. She fights for causes and speaks out a lot. Also, Selena has such terrible stage presence I get second-hand embarrassment from watching her live videos. Kiss & Tell and When The Sun Goes Down were great though.
so what's his deal? Why is he hating on the first 4 (the most pop on the record)??
Probably because those songs are fine for a mediocre pop singer, but Demi's music is usually not like that. Those four songs drag down the album because they are not consistent with her work. They are not "Demi-like" at all, at least from what I can tell. It's like Hollywood just threw them in to make sure there were some radio-friendly songs. I love radio pop, including mindless catchy songs, but those are personally not the kind of songs I want to see her doing, and not the songs that are best suited for her voice. The reviewer has nothing against pop music itself. Those songs just feel out of place with the rest of the album.
Yeah selena is the best actress for sure. I don't care for her music too much in general, but I was surprised by the rock-ness of some of the songs on kiss and tell, especially the title track. I wish she would do more stuff like. I honestly haven't heard too much demi music, but skyscraper is great and apparently most of this album is in the same vein as that. I'm just kind of indifferent to Miley these days. I enjoyed "see you again" and some HM songs. For some reason I was really into her as a person, without caring too much about her music OR her looks. Its really weird, I can't put my finger on it. Maybe its because she has the same birthday as me?
/also an essay
You should definitely check out Demi's last album Here We Go Again if you haven't already. I used to hate Miley because she overacted like crazy on HM and seemed really obnoxious, but I think she has mellowed out more. I'm not a fan of her image that just seems like equating growing up to showing skin and I don't find her particularly pretty, but I think she has the most genuine and interesting personality of the three. She seems just like a regular, chill teenager. She speaks her mind without worrying about the backlash and I appreciate that.
Don't be a buzzkill man! I would love to see her collab with underoath or something along those lines.
I have a theory that she might be downplaying her old influences are a part of her "changed" image. She's supposed to be all about positivity now, and a lot of people, particularly parents, see that kind of music as "dark." But I highly doubt that haha. I think she might have just grown up and gotten new friends and she's just not as into it anymore. I could be wrong though.
lol i hope you are wrong. and there is nothing negative about music like underoath. in fact, that is some of the most inspiring and uplifting music out there, much more so than songs about dancing and fucking. im glad she is doing anti-bullying and anti-depression work, and I hope she realizes that the music she (and a lot of people on this site) enjoys really speak to people on a deep level and helps them through difficult times. however, I could see a douchey manager or PR rep trying to push her to downplay these musical influences, which would just be a shame.
also, I find it interesting that you find miley the most genuine. I would definitely give that to selena (and now demi, post-rehab) but I have to give Miley major props for smoking salvia while listening to comedown by bush. I agree that her showing skin is kinda annoying, not because I have anything against naked girls but because she just doesn't have the body for it IMO.
I don't like Underoath but I don't find them negative. That's just a theory I have that I don't even really think is true haha! My music taste is not at all similar to what it was just a few years ago. I still enjoy some things I listened to in the past, but I've moved on from certain artists. I wouldn't at all be surprised if that's the case for her. The only reason I even speculated that is because it just seemed like so suddenly those influences were gone. She still goes on about Brand New and stuff, and probably still mentions bands on her Twitter, I just don't have one and Demi's tweets are annoying anyway so I wouldn't know.
I think Miley is the most candid and honest. She obviously doesn't care if what she says or does offends anyone. I don't care about girls showing skin, I just feel like she did it so people would see her as an adult and it wasn't necessary for her to do that. Her body is amazing. Don't know what Miley you're referring to. Her legs go on for days! Selena on the other hand, just eh. I like that she seems sweet and nice and normal, but it's so safe. I just wish she would show a different side every once in a while. I just think she tries so hard not to be controversial that she probably doesn't show all of her personality. I have no problem with that at all though. As for Demi, I have heard such mixed stories that I don't know. She hangs out with some sketchy people still and she has always been a bit obnoxious.
I had no idea I had this many feelings about these three haha. I need to step away from my computer every once and a while.
Haha this is typical radio pop, there's no shame in liking it but don't try to make it out to be something that it's not.
This isn't a Lady Gaga review tbh. jk, if it needed to be said
Nobody is saying it's anything other than pop. Her last album before this one was one of my favorite pop releases in a while. But previous to this album her songs had more of a "rock" element. It was more instrument-driven than pop beats, she played a big hand in writing the lyrics that were obviously meaningful to her, and it separated her from the rest of the Disney kids. The first four songs are so painfully obviously only on there for radio appeal (which they don't have) and that is what most people are taking issue with. Nobody is saying it's not pop. But it also shouldn't just be discounted because it's pop. I love reading well-written and thought out pop reviews. In my opinion the review accurately rates the album and doesn't make it out to be anything it isn't.
You make some good points but he almost tries to make it sound like Demi Lovato is revolutionizing pop, someone like Adele revolutionizing pop, not Ms Lovato.
lol where? He said she has a great voice, which she does, talked about the songs, and briefly her struggles. He talked about making something beautiful/meaningful out of something terrible, which Lovato has done with this album. Yeah, the first few songs are trite (as the review said) but there are some wonderful and touching songs as well.
And besides having a great voice, what is Adele doing that is revolutionizing pop music?
I liked All Night Long: I thought the production and beat were really good, even if the lyrics and subject matter were kind of "been there, done that". I don't care that it doesn't fit the overall sound. However, the next three tracks rubbed me the wrong way, because they seemed like three afterthought collaborations that existed only to attract top 40 attention.
Genuine question, how was All Night Long not top 40 fodder as well? What to you made it different? From what you said you seemed to ignore the fact that it in no way fit within the theme of the album (which to me indicated that it was thrown in there like the other three) just because you liked it. It could be a good song and still thrown in for a top 40 hit. Not all top 40 hits suck. I'm genuinely interested in your opinion there.
Finally, the track "Hold Up" screams filler track to me. Evidence? She uses the same line "Go Run Run Run" that she says in Skyscraper, which screams shoddy songwriting to me.
But both of those songs were written by different people...
However, overall, I enjoyed this album. It is probably the best-produced record that Disney (Hollywood Records is the Disney Record Label) has ever made, probably because they wanted to save their best for the best vocalist that they have to offer. The rest of the time, Disney tried to mold her as this wannabe Hayley Williams figure for teeny-boppers, while she was covering stuff like Christina Aguilera's "Mercy On Me" in her spare time (Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y0skpPNXB0).
I completely disagree with this. This is just personal opinion because it's just how I perceive it and I have nothing to back it up with, but I always get the feeling like Disney would've preferred Demi to go the Selena or Miley route and haven't given her as much support. Just from interviews Demi used to give about them saying her lyrics were too "dark" for her fans or whatever. I feel like Disney doesn't give her priority in anything, and never really have. It feels like she was less marketed than her peers.
I'm the absolute last thing for a Disney fan, but she is an insanely talented singer that shouldn't be anywhere near the Disney posse.)
I disagree. I think Disney was a good launching pad for her, and if she can break out then I hope she can have a career like Christina during her prime. But not all Disney artists suck, and it was a good career launcher for her. It helped people like Christina, Britney, Justin Timberlake (ew), Hillary Duff, Miley, all people who didn't completely suck and had good music (minus solo JT, but I know I'm in the minority so I'll give him that). Don't totally knock it.