Tell Me You Love Me. The title track is a stirring declaration of romantic passion that’s ignited by Lovato’s soulful vocals. Most of the new songs were co-written by Lovato, but the numerous producers and co-songwriters tend to smooth out the singer’s personality in favor of generically glossy pop arrangements. She might be far more compelling if she ever releases an intimate acoustic album without all the ephemeral flourishes.
At the age of 25, Demi Lovato has dealt with a plethora of obstacles, including bipolar disorder, bulimia, substance abuse, bullying and depression. Like many child actors, she’s had to balance the pressures of early fame with her evolution from a teen pop star to a more mature and autonomous feminist vocalist. That spirit of independence and determination courses through such defiant anthems as “Sorry Not Sorry” on Lovato’s latest album,