Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Demi Lovato & The Year's Best Power Ballad

I know it's pointless to compare emerging stars with existing icons but if Selena Gomez has her eye on Madonna's dance-pop throne, then Demi Lovato is Generation Y's answer to Mariah. I guess that makes Victoria Justice the new Pat Benatar. But I digress. My point is that Demetria can actually sing. The 19-year-old has a fearsome set of pipes and she gives them one hell of a workout on her latest single "Give Your Heart A Break". To be honest, I initially thought the Billy Steinberg/Josh Alexander co-production sounded a bit dated and, as such, wasn't the best choice to follow "Skyscraper" but I was wrong.

This glorious mid-tempo ballad has wormed its way into my heart and mind to an unholy extent. They just don't make power-grabbing anthems like this anymore! I love Demi's over-the-top vocal and the cutting-edge (for 2006) production pushes all my buttons. The video is a bit uneventful - our heroine hangs out with a dude who eventually shows her how much he loves her by plastering a wall in photographs - but the budding diva won me over with her first Celine Dion hand-clutch. "Give Your Heart A Break" is shooting up US iTunes and should, hopefully, become another huge hit for the future superstar.

1 comment:

Big D said...

This is totally catchy, thanks Mike.

For me the video had some moments of anticipation as I was worried that she seemed to be strolling through a gang neighborhood with all that graffiti behind her.

I thought she might have been stabbed or picked up for prostitution by the cops.

Sadly, this didn't happen. Her hair extension are a crime though.

Still no Gomez (&TS) for me, but certainly one to watch!