Review: Here We Go Again album flashback

Review: Here We Go Again album flashback

While her debut album Don’t Forget followed up her success of the made-for-TV-movie “Camp Rock,” the album was quickly released to ride the popularity wave while it was still high. Therefore, the songs are the signature Disney produced pop intended for a younger audience. With Here We Go Again, Lovato focused more on her rock and R&B influence when she was writing this album.

However, some of those Disney brands snuck into the end of the track listing such as “Gift of a Friend,” which is featured in the film “Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure” and “So Far So Great,” the theme song for Lovato’s TV Show, “Sonny with a Chance.” While these two tracks are great catchy ditties, they would have been better suited in a separate album as they disrupt the overall tone.

Highlight and Lowlight Tracks of Here We Go Again

The first single “Here We Go Again” eases listeners with familiar welcome to Lovato’s new musical direction. Using similar upbeat guitar rock like in a previous Don’t Forget single “La La Land,” “Here We go Again” plays it safe musically but vocally and lyrically, Lovato reveals her saucy side publicly proclaiming her annoyance with a seesawing relationship.

“Everytime You Lie” showcases Lovato’s ability to conform her voice to suit different genres such as jazz and R&B as she pulls off remarkably in this song. Showing her softer side, “Falling Over Me,” is a simplistic ballad that uses her crooning voice to pull on our heartstrings as she’s “hoping and waiting and praying that you are the one.”

Collaborations with John Mayer and Nick Jonas

“World of Chances” was co-written with John Mayer. Unfortunately, this sadly predictable song is one of the low point on this album but could easily join the radio airwaves alongside Mayer’s hits.

“Stop the World” was also co-written with the help of Jonas Brothers’ Nick Jonas. Although she had help from the Jonas Brothers’ with her previous album, this song is a welcoming change from their bubblegum pop trademark. Instead, listeners are treated with a more mature alternative rock tune.