Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me | Top 5 Songs


★★★½

Demi Lovato, Tell Me You Love Me © Island / HollywoodPop superstar Demi Lovato returns with a compelling sixth studio album in ‘Tell Me You Love Me.’

Demi Lovato is a beast.  Vocally, she has one of the better singing voices in the industry.  Artistically, she’s moved past her squeaky-clean Disney persona, unafraid to ‘live on the edge.’  She successfully infuses the aforementioned things into Tell Me You Love Me, a slick, soulful, and at times, unapologetic, sixth studio album.  Here are the TOP 5 songs from Tell Me You Love Me.  You can read the full review, here.

No. 1: “Sorry Not Sorry”

“Sorry Not Sorry” kicks off Tell Me You Love Me with a serious bang.  This is a slick, urban-pop joint with crossover written all over it.  There are pitch-shifted vocals, hard anchoring drums, soulful, gospel-tinged piano, and of course synths. Lovato shows off her chops throughout, soaring to the highest of heights.’ Her best moments come on the chorus, where she’s supported by backing vocals.

No. 2: “Tell Me You Love Me”

Like “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Tell Me You Love Me” features top-notch production work, particularly during the rousing chorus.  Next comes the voice, as Lovato delivers another performance filled with high, powerful notes.  The verses capture your attention, while the chorus hits you right in chest, face – everywhere.  By the time you get to the final iteration, you personally want to tell Demi, “you love her.”

No. 3: “You Don’t Do It for Me Anymore”

“You Don’t Do It for Me Anymore” gives the album another excellent moment. On the verse, Lovato showcases her low register, before ascending to her powerful, cutting, upper register on the chorus. Her best vocal moment arrives on the final chorus of the song, when she nails a high A-flat.

No. 4: “Ruin the Friendship”

“Ruin the Friendship” is sexual, given the fact that Lovato wants to ‘get closer’ to put it mildly.

“Your body’s looking good tonight / I’m thinking we should cross the line / Let’s ruin the friendship, let’s ruin the friendship.”

Tasteful for the most part, Lovato doesn’t resist the f-bomb this time on the second verse.  You can argue it’s for emphasis, but it’s not truly necessary as the message is strong enough without salty language.

No. 5: “Hitchhiker”

“Hitchhiker” concludes exceptionally – one of the best.  The neo-soul idiom is perfectly captured here, led by a big bass line, soulful guitars, organ, and backing vocals. Another selling point is the chorus.

“I’ve been waitin’ all night, lookin’ for your headlights / I know that we’re strangers, but I’ll leave it all for you / Go anywhere you wanna go / I don’t really need to know, if my heart is in danger / ‘Cause as long as you’re the driver / I’m your hitchhiker.”

Final Thoughts

All in all, Demi Lovato has another enjoyable, well-rounded album with Tell Me You Love Me.  The best attribute of the album are the soaring vocals of Lovato. As a vocalist, she gets better and better.  There are also some top-notch songs, led by the likes of “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Tell Me You Love Me,” and “You Don’t Do It for Me Anymore.” Also, the production work can’t be neglected – da bomb.

Gems: “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Tell Me You Love Me,” “Sexy Dirty Love,” “You Don’t Do It for Me Anymore,” “Ruin the Friendship” & “Hitchhiker”

Demi Lovato • Tell Me You Love Me • Hollywood / Island • Release: 9.29.17
 Photo Credit: Hollywood / Island
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