- Insider ranked Demi Lovato’s seven studio albums from worst to best.
- Their sophomore album, “Here We Go Again,” took the top spot.
- “Tell Me You Love Me” and “Unbroken” rounded out the top three.
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It doesn’t follow through on its promise, either: “Cool for the Summer” and lead single “Confident” are the only tracks that exude any kind of swagger on an album that’s supposed to communicate confidence.
The ballads that make up the other half of the album are watered-down and Lovato doesn’t showcase any incredible growth in their songwriting skills. To make matters worse, “In Case” is a phoned-in redundancy as it bears a substandard resemblance to Lovato’s more popular hit “Skyscraper” from their previous album “Unbroken.”
They released this album when they were just 16 years old, so it is, understandably, conceptually immature.
But despite some cutesy Disney manufacturing, “Don’t Forget” still boasts some of Lovato’s best songs, including the title track and “Two Worlds Collide.” The angsty “La La Land” and “Get Back” also still hold up.
Some of these piano-hefty tracks “swell to stadium-sized climaxes in the vein of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful,'” as Alexis Petridis wrote for The Guardian. These, along with “What Other People Say” and “California Sober,” save the album from complete musical insignificance.
The overall placement of tracks on this album is questionable: there’s a track called “Intro,” but instead of kicking off the project, it’s awkwardly placed in the fourth slot. Then upbeat tracks like “My Girlfriends Are My Boyfriend” are carelessly sprinkled in, disrupting the emotional journey they lay out on ballads about recovery and sobriety.
The singer definitely has a lot to say on these 19 songs, but more attention could’ve been paid to the album’s organization to make for a better listening experience.
The sexy deep cuts “Ruin The Friendship” and “Hitchhiker” also provide further intrigue, adding up to what is undoubtedly Lovato’s most cohesive album to date.
But sonic cohesion isn’t the only thing that makes an album great, so it lands at No. 3 on this ranking as two other albums have more to offer.
“Skyscraper” helped situate Lovato as a full-grown revered talent, but it’s just a glimpse into the gigantically powerful and lyrical narrative of “Unbroken.” Most other deep cuts on this album, like “Lightweight” and “Fix A Heart,” are just as spectacular as the lead single.
“It’s difficult for many young female pop stars to transition successfully from squeaky-clean Disney kid to respected adult recording artist. But so far, Demi’s doing a spectacular job,” Idolator’s Becky Bain wrote about Lovato’s 2011 release.
This project is reminiscent of Lovato’s debut “Don’t Forget,” except its lyrics are more mature and its production is more polished. Every track, from “Every Time You Lie” to “Falling Over Me” deserves its spot on the album. The title track, in particular, is a chaotic but sweet, gut-wrenching banger worthy of being left on repeat.
From top to bottom, “Here We Go Again” perpetuates a melodically satisfying state of relatable teenage angst — a formula that has continued to prove itself timeless.