Reviews Are In For Demi Lovato’s Album ‘Unbroken’

By: / September 20, 2011

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After a tumultuous year, the long anticipated comeback album for Demi Lovato titled Unbroken dropped Tuesday, Sept. 20. Backed by the powerful ballad “Skyscraper,” Demi’s latest effort is poised to do well. But just what are the critics saying about the teen queen’s new release?

Thus far, reviews have been mixed to the point that two of the industry’s biggest mag’s have polar opposite reviews:

There are two ways for pop stars to make a Survivor Album: either power-sing through your problems like Christina Aguilera, or make like Rihanna and dance till you forget what you’re supposed to be getting over. On her first release since checking out of rehab, Demi Lovato wants to have it both ways… Clearly it’s been a tough year for Lovato. But as Rihanna could tell her, sometimes bad years make great songs.” B+ Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly 

 

On her third LP, her newfound vulnerability sometimes makes for good songs… But Unbroken is mostly sunshine and slumber-party hooks, complete with reggae doo-wop (“You’re My Only Shorty”) and Lovato’s ditzy seductress act on “All Night Long.” She’s grown into her voice. Now, if only her music would grow up too.” 2 stars Monica Herrera, Rolling Stone

Others have praised Demi’s Unbroken for her undeniable growth:

“Instead of going too edgy or staying a Disney princess, Demi Lovato’s Unbroken, which drops Tuesday, is a perfectly mature album without scaring away the teens that grew up loving the “Camp Rock” star.” - Jocelyn Vena, MTV

“The girl has one killer voice, and now she finally has the A-list material to put it to good use… Demi’s doing a spectacular job, and she’s doing it without having to show some skin or sing about hooking up in a club.” – Becky Bain, Idolator

The New York Times had the chance to review the album when Demi previewed most of the tracks during her performance at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom this past Saturday, Sept. 17. Critic Jon Caramanica praised Demi’s voice calling it “strong and versatile”, but questions her new R&B style:

The theory goes that Colgate-bright Disney stars have to bide their time to reveal their true selves, but if anything, “Unbroken” feels more restrained than her previous albums; she’s traded her teen-pop shackles for another kind, giving herself over to the recent melding of R&B and dance music.

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