Dancing With The Devil…The Art of Starting Over by Demi Lovato | 4 Stars

I’m a little biased because I’m a fan of Demi’s and I’ve followed her story. This album is very autobiographical, more so about telling the story of her past few years rather than creating pop hits, so it will probably be a bigger success with fans than with those who don’t know what was going on behind the scenes. Still, it’s got big power ballads that are really touching and some fun songs to keep moving forward.

Some of my favorite moments from the album:

  • “Anyone” is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. It’s a very honest and raw song that I think a lot of people will relate to. The live version is my favorite.
  • I love “Dancing With The Devil.” I think a lot of people will relate to this one too, and because I know Demi’s story, I know that this song is completely autobiographical. Another honest song.
  • There’s this one line in “The Way You Don’t Look At Me” that feels so raw and honest: I’m so scared if I undress that you won’t love me after.
  • At first, I wasn’t crazy about “Melon Cake.” I thought the title was silly; what even is a melon cake? Is this another Harry Styles album with fruit songs? And then I looked up the lyrics and realized the true story: when her team was controlling what food she was allowed to eat, Demi had melon cake on her birthday – a watermelon cut in the shape of a cake with lite cool whip topping, since they wouldn’t let her eat cake. This song has quickly become one of my favorites on the album.

I think raw and honest is the best way to describe this album. I think people will find it refreshing; I sure did. So many songs on the radio are candy-coated and watered down to appeal to the masses and to hide the darker parts of ourselves, but Demi comes right out and is brutally honest.