Dancing With The Devil…The Art of Starting Over

Demi Lovato - Dancing With The Devil…The Art of Starting Over
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2021 Ratings: #404 / 530
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The Telegraph

Mixing intimate ballads with upbeat club tracks, Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over is the perfect contemporary pop artefact.

Powerful, purposeful and uncompromising, this is her definitive artistic statement to date. Demi Lovato is done pretending, and it really suits her.
The Independent
There’s no doubting the emotional authenticity of Lovato’s words and delivery. But the record is a long, mostly mid-tempo journey, which chugs along with melodies and easygoing arrangements that don’t reliably rise to the meet the challenge of the powerful story Lovato has to tell.

As she attempts to shed the weight of her past, Demi Lovato embraces every part of herself and creates some of her most unapologetic music to date on Dancing With the Devil.


An ambitious and hugely revealing journey into pop redemption.

Consequence of Sound
She has fallen, hard, but continues to rise time and time again and remains a phoenix, perpetually guided by her greatest gift: her voice.
The Line of Best Fit

Dancing With the Devil is Lovato’s finest, and most cohesive, album to date, and it doesn’t need a plastered-on smile to prove it.

The Forty-Five
Its soft melodies and catchy hooks sometimes sit at odds with the demons bared, but Lovato’s personality remains intact throughout, a major win in light of her past.
After an overdose nearly ended her life, Demi Lovato sings powerfully and directly about her past and who she wants to become.
The Guardian
Lovato delivers lacerating lyrics about the trauma she’s faced since childhood, but the music is less startling.
Evening Standard
The music’s pleasant enough but if you want soul-baring you’re better off watching her documentary.
Rolling Stone

Ultimately Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over delivers on the promise of the first half of its title, and skimps on the second. She’s been through hell, it’s clear. But her music isn’t clear about how she wants to begin again.


This may all sound a bit too doomladen to listen to, but Lovato and her collaborators never lose sight of the fact that this is a pop album first and foremost.

Often, this blend of candid soul-baring and hyper-stylized pop can cause a bit of cognitive dissonance; the songs seem built to support emotions a bit frothier than what the lyrics detail.
“I don’t care if you’ve got a dick and I don’t care if you’ve got a WAP, I just want to love.” - Demi Lovato, 2021

I appreciate what she was trying to do with this album and I commend her for being open, but this album is just unfortunately too long and doesn’t have enough compelling songs to make this anything more than decent for me.

If this album was 10-12 tracks, it still wouldn’t be fantastic but it would be a much better experience, ... read more
Como todos sabemos, a história e o passado da Demi com drogas e bebidas consumiu a vida da cantora atingindo um ponto trágico quando a artista entrou em overdose e esteve praticamente às portas da morte. Na primeira parte do álbum temos as faixas que já foram lançadas como "Anyone" e "Dancing With The Devil" onde a cantora aborda efetivamente o que aconteceu com ela antes de começar a falar da mudança e como ela ... read more
Demi Lovato is an artist that has been lost for a very long time, actually since her debut she's been stuck in the same type of writing and production. But maybe this time, for real, she's discovering her own sound. She saw too much, lived too much, she experienced trauma heavily, her voice resonates all of that and yet her music used to reflect only her sorrow without TRUE self reflection.
In 'Dancing With The Devil... The Art of Starting Over' her poetic sense blossomed, apart from some ... read more
Após um evento fatídico em que quase morreu por decorrência de uma overdose no ano de 2018, Demi Lovato lança seu sétimo álbum de estúdio, o 'Dancing With the Devil: the Art of Starting Over', que surge de um contexto problemático envolvendo uma série de questões delicadas das quais carecem de atenção e muita cautela.

Na música pop, é bastante comum ver artistas usando suas dores para comercializar ... read more
Quando foi anunciado o álbum eu tive um pouco de receio de como seria pois os singles que ela havia lançado não havia me agradado tanto, porém com o lançamento da faixa titulo como single fiquei mais animado pro álbum e acabei gostando dele, porém ele tem alguns problemas.

O álbum começa de forma muito boa com "Anyone", "dancing with the devil" e "I.C.U", três faixas com vocais poderosos e letras ... read more
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Added on: March 15, 2021