Story by Jacob Ringer, Saint Reporter
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When I hear the name Demi Lovato, I think of talent, drive, and hope.
Lovato became a household name through her stint on Disney Channel. Most people remember her as Mitchie Torres on Camp Rock, while others may remember her short-lived television show Sonny with a Chance.
On Friday, October 16, Lovato released her highly anticipated fifth studio album, Confident. Full of sass, empowerment, and self-love, Lovato reaches new heights.
Starting out with the title track, “Confident,” the track sets the tempo for the rest of the album. “What’s wrong with being confident” Lovato croons over a simple snapping rhythm. Following up the powerful track, lead single and summer smash “Cool for the Summer” adds some breeze to the otherwise intense album.
This polished pop-rock track, produced by music legend Max Martin, is a huge commercial success. Peaking at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, “Cool for the Summer” adds to the top forty hits under Lovato’s belt.
“Old Ways” and “For You” add some electropop action to the mix; they are welcome additions to the Confident track list. “Stone Cold” is by far the most relatable song. The ballad found me remembering a love I once had, something for which most people can relate. “Kingdom Come” is a jam, but Iggy Azalea’s verse seems rushed and rudimentary.
“Waitin’ for Ya,” “Wildfire,” and “Yes” are all powerful pop songs, but “Yes” is probably the weakest song on the album. It feels like an afterthought to an already fantastic album.
The closing track, “Father” actually made me cry the first time I heard it. Lovato sings, “You did your best or did you/Sometimes I think I hate you/I’m sorry dad for feeling this/I can’t believe I’m saying it/I know you were a troubled man/I know you never got the chance/To be yourself, to be your best/I hope that heaven’s given you/A second chance.” This tear-jerking ballad is a brave way to end an intense album.
Overall, I give this album a 4.5/5 stars.