Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Heart Attack | Demi Lovato

Rating: ★★★★☆

After spending the majority of last year riding off of the success of her previous album and being a judge on The X Factor, Demi Lovato is back in full swing with promotion for her upcoming album, DEMI, and has recently release the lead single to the album, "Heart Attack."

I had never been a giant fan of Lovato. In middle school, my choir director forced to watch Camp Rock, which originally steered me away from her. Her role as Mitchie, the stupid girl that randomly ended up at a summer camp and got to sing with the Jonas Brothers, was extremely obnoxious and gave me a horrible view on Lovato.

She then continued her Disney stardom with a faux-sketch comedy show called Sonny with a Chance, which was just as terrible as Camp Rock was. Then came the breakdown. I'm still not entirely sure what happened, but I'm pretty sure she punched a girl and had an addiction to drugs or alcohol. This whole thing put her in the same light as Britney Spears was when she was going through her Blackout days of shaving her head and doing drugs.

However, after she got out of rehab and decided to finally distance herself from the infamous Disney spotlight, she actually became interesting. I wasn't a giant fan of "Skyscraper," her first released single after all of this drama, but it was an improvement. The following single, on the other hand, was quite catchy. "Give Your Heart A Break" had just the right hook and was an alright song.

Following up from "Give Your Heart A Break," "Heart Attack" is the most impressive release from Lovato yet, especially in terms of the vocals. Her vocals have really grown since the last time I heard them, and she can really belt out. The final repetitions of 'heart att-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ack' in each chorus show just how much she's grown as a recording artist. She screams those words out effortlessly and they sound great.

When looking at the song as a whole, it's a pretty strong pop song. It's nothing extremely special, but it's surprising superior to a lot of the other stuff on Top 40 radio stations right now. Of course, just about anything is better than Britney Spears talking in an obviously-fake British accent over a crappy, repetitive instrumental or some random nobody rapping about thrift shopping.

"Heart Attack" is really impressive, especially coming from Lovato, who I couldn't see as anything more as a Dinsey star up until this point. I might even take some interest in her next album if the rest of it is going to sound like this, because I have genuinely enjoyed this song.

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