Demi Lovato – Don’t Forget

November 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM | Posted in Demi Lovato | Leave a comment

ALBUM REVIEW
Demi Lovato – Don’t Forget

1. La La Land
2. Get Back
3. Trainwreck
4. Party
5. On The Line (feat. The Jonas Brothers)
6. Don’t Forget
7. Gonna Get Caught
8. Two Worlds Collide
9. The Middle
10. Until You’re Mine
11. Believe In Me

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Don’t Forget is the debut album by American singer Demi Lovato, released on September 23, 2008. The album peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200 and received a Gold Certification in the United States.

So let’s go back to 2008 when Demi was just a mini-Demi and she was a pop/rock artist. La La Land is a very good song to kick off the album with since it deals with her not wanting to be famous as ‘Sonny Munroe’ on the Disney TV show ‘Sonny With A Chance’. It’s a very strong and heavy song with some punk rock elements, especially near the end of the song. It also instantly shows the amazing set of pipes Demi has. It’s one of my favorite ‘early-Demi songs’!

So this album is filled with guitar-driven pop/rock songs that are all quite catchy and stuff, so sometimes I can cut a little more to the chase than I normally do. Get Back is one of those infectuous songs with a very memorable chorus that is bound to stay with you after just one listen. It doesn’t hold back on the heaviness that La La Land had either, it’s the typical ‘former Disney star rock song’ but that doesn’t make it less enjoyable!

Trainwreck takes it a little easier than the previous two tracks, but just slightly. It also comes off as a bit lighter even though the lyrics aren’t that uplifting. Demi’s vocals are less focused on the belting here for most of the time, showing off she sounds great with ‘normal singing’ as well. Her vocals near the end of the song are impressingly vulnerable even, ending the song on a more peaceful note for a change.

Okay now I expect Party to be quite the superficial and meaningless song when it comes to the lyrical content, but at least the music is very good. It’s funkier and more oldschool, somehow reminding me of some 1960s rock music that the Beatles did. Demi’s vocals are very solid belting out the lyrics in the chorus, while keeping it slick and smaller in the verses. I admit it, it’s not as bad as I expected.

On The Line (feat. The Jonas Brothers) is a collaboration that just had to happen on this album because 1. Demi used to date Joe, and 2. JB co-wrote almost all the songs on the album. Most of the time this is Demi and Nick singing together with some occassional vocals by Joe, but they all sound great together and really nailed their performances. JB also knew how to make the music sound great since this song just kicks major ass, also because of the lyrics.

Then we get into the title track, which is also the most emotional and personal track on the album. Don’t Forget used to be the only Demi song I knew back in the day, before I discovered how awesome she really is. But still I kept on putting this song on replay because it’s one of her best early efforts. Starting off small and adding more drums and guitars to the arrangement, before finally letting everything go and going into the last chorus full speed ahead. This song features Demi’s best vocals on the entire album, make sure you listen to this one.

Heading straight back into the upbeat pop/rock songs, or rather power-pop when it comes to this next one, we have Gonna Get Caught. It’s the typical ‘f*ck my ex-boyfriend’ song every Demi album up to now has (‘Unbroken’, ‘Really Don’t Care’, just to name a few) and it just takes you along for the ride. You either enjoy the fact that it’s so driven or criticize it for being quite the rushed song.

Two Worlds Collide immediately stands out for being in triple time, and the fact that this song was written for (then?) BFF Selena Gomez makes it very cute. This track incorporates some more strings in the background while the percussion and electric guitars are also very present, so this song is both on the relaxed side as the more bombastic side. It’s nice, nothing special.

The Middle has one powerful advantage: Demi’s vocals. Once you’ve gotten to this one after 8 tracks that all follow the same musical style and pattern, this is just another pop/rock song that is trying to blow you away with a lot of ‘in your face’ stuff. Just like I said with the previous songs, just go with it and you may like it (like I do), or just don’t swallow this. Your pick.

Until You’re Mine has a very interesting transition from verse to chorus. Again, triple time (which I always like), but the verses are more emotional and laid back, while the chorus features some very strange percussion that just doesn’t fit the overall sound of the rest of the song. It’s just a little too much to have a kick drum on every count, but that could just be my opinion in this case. Nonetheless, nothing wrong with the rest of the song, and especially not the vocals.

Closing the album already, we have Believe In Me. This last song finally opens with a piano, after which some soft percussion and an acoustic guitar mix in. For a change, this is not just some catchy song but it finally has a little depth and music that makes it more of a power ballad. I really like the melodies in this song, especially in the chorus. One of the better songs on the albums and it was a good strategy to put this one last on the tracklist so this stays with you after the album is over.

So basically I have only one thing to say about this album: if you’re a Demi fan or if you’re not allergic to people like the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus’ earlier work and such (you might instantly know what I’m talking about), then you’re bound to like this album. Probably you’re not gonna love it, but still. In my case, I liked how catchy and driven most of the songs are, but there’s constantly something missing. I’m missing a little creativity and depth here, but hey, the girl was only 16 when this came out. In just two/three years Demi learned how to embrace more versatility and depth in her music and lyrics, but that was still in the future. Enjoyable album, good first effort, but thank god she strayed from this in the end.

Favorite tracks: La La Land | Get Back | On The Line (feat. The Jonas Brothers) | Don’t Forget | Two Worlds Collide | Believe In Me

OVERALL RATING
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3½ stars

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