Her eighth album is a rebirth that rejects everything – good and bad – that has gone before and embraces a new way forward “Came from the trauma, stayed for the drama,” sings Demi Lovato on Freak, the ferocious opening track to her eighth album Holy Fvck. It's a line that perfectly sums up an incendiary breakthrough from an artist who has been through a lot, came through the other side and knows exactly who she is and exactly the music she wants to make. Chaotic, energised and thrilling, this is Demi Lovato at her very best.
Came for the drama, stayed for the trauma.
Most of us have witnessed it all before: pop star gets fed up and goes ham on their own music by injecting it with heaviness, fuck yeah! The results are typically laughable, sometimes enjoyable, and rarely actually good. What separates Demi Lovato's Holy Fvck from most of its insipid spiritual siblings is not only that it actually pulls off what it aims to do, but also that Demi's roots have long been tied to rock/metal rather than the contemporary adult alternative pop hellscape that they've squandered the majority of their career in after graduating from Disney's creepy farm system.
After a decade of cementing themselves as a pop superstar, Demi Lovato is stripping back the radio-friendly mask with a snarl. Shedding the butter-wouldn't-melt poppy sonics, 'HOLY FVCK' is a sharp shift back to Lovato's heavy roots. Riling with a dark punk-rock attitude, this is an album that thrives in its heaviness, searing with venom and gloriously bold.