07:40 PM on 11/28/11
So yeah, after a few spins, there is ZERO rock in this album, which I find disappointing especially after her surprisingly good last album. Apart from the first three tracks, it's mostly straightforward pop with slight dance-pop and RnB influences. Venturing into this new territory it's more of a hit-and-miss affair.
I actually like the first two tracks as pop songs, they just don't fit Demi. The song with Iyaz is just embarrassing, and the Jason Derulo one is just boring and a wasted opportunity.
Hands down the centerpiece of this album is Skyscraper, where Demi's vocal is just incredible. It was actually recorded before Demi went to rehab and she was still in the midst of all her turmoil, and it definitely shows. She tried to re-record it after rehab but couldn't recapture the same emotion, so decided to go with the first vocal.
Other highlights for me are Fix a Heart, and Give Your Heart a Break, and For the Love of a Daughter. Without the soaring pop rock hooks to showcase her range, most of her vocal chops are shown off in the ballads instead.