Confident [Deluxe Edition]

Confident [Deluxe Edition]

by Demi LovatoDemi Lovato

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Demi Lovato is never shy with her album titles. She shrugged that her second album offered more of the same (Here We Go Again), she bounced back whole from a turbulent spell (Unbroken), then she found a new mature identity (Demi) and, now on her fifth album, she's all about being Confident. Deservedly so, too, because this 2015 album is Lovato's best all-around record since her 2008 debut, Don't Forget. Confident is steely, assured dance and shimmering electro-pop, as much a reflection of its time as the sugary blast of Radio Disney pop on Don't Forget. If that debut seemed somewhat driven by producers, Confident feels directed by Lovato, who seems to take some pride in being a bit of a pop magpie, sampling from every glittering sound flickering across the pop charts in the two years since Demi. She's fortunate to be aided by some of the best producers and writers in the business. Max Martin collaborates on three tracks, the same number as Steve Mac, with Stargate and Ryan Tedder showing up elsewhere, and while their work helps Lovato echo everyone from Katy Perry to Beyoncé, it never quite seems like the singer is mimicking her fellow divas: instead, she's carving out her persona -- something sexy, flinty, and impassioned, the stance of a survivor, not a carpetbagger -- through the best of what's around. Given this boldness, it's little surprise that Demi often fares best with the numbers that are brassy: the big, heavy swing of the title track, the same-sex seduction of "Cool for the Summer," the empowering "For You" and "Lionheart," the latter a gleaming wall of sound. When the tempo slows, Lovato can sometimes stumble -- "Father" is spare and skeletal but indistinct, a sketch that is nevertheless preferable to the shoehorned Iggy Azalea cameo on "Kingdom Come" -- yet here, she also illustrates how she can affect Lana Del Rey's affectless effect and conjure some of the lushness of Ellie Goulding's neon-streaked midnight anthems, so when these ballads are added to the brighter, swifter numbers, the cumulative result is a messy, colorful modern pop record that is greater than the sum of its parts. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks: two remixes of "Cool for the Summer," "Mr. Hughes," and "Stars."]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2015
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087335069
catalogNumber: 002293902
Rank: 30834

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Demi Lovato   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Max Martin   Percussion,Keyboards
Steve Mac   Keyboards,Fx Vocals
Chris Laws   Drums
Mattias Johansson   Violin
Ryan Tedder   Background Vocals
Stefan Persson   Trumpet
Staffan Findin   Trombone
Johan Carlsson   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Karl Olandersson   Trumpet
Mattias Bylund   Strings
Rami Yacoub   Bass,Background Vocals
Savan Kotecha   Background Vocals
Erik Arvinder   Strings
Rickard Goransson   Percussion
Ali Payami   Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Livvi Franc   Background Vocals
Carl Falk   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ina Wroldsen   Background Vocals
Albin Nedler   Background Vocals
Jonas Thander   Saxophone
Oscar Holter   Background Vocals
David Bukovinszky   Cello
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Background Vocals
Laleh Pourkarim   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals,Fx Vocals
Peter Carlsson   Drums
Gustaf Thörn   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Colette Falla   Background Vocals
Eru Matsumoto   Cello
ILYA   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mitch Allan   Vocal Producer
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Stargate   Producer
Scott Hoffman   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Danny D.   Executive Producer
Mattias Johansson   Vocal Producer
Nicole Morier   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Alexander Kronlund   Composer
Johan Carlsson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Mattias Bylund   String Arrangements
Rami Yacoub   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer
Todd Russell   Art Direction
Mike Anderson   Engineer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Demi Lovato   Composer
Ali Payami   Composer,Programming,Producer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,Instrumentation
Noah Passovoy   Engineer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Spencer Bastian   Programming
Jason Evigan   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Olivia Waithe   Composer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Dalton Grant   Composer
Dann Pursey   Engineer
Ina Wroldsen   Composer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Cory Bice   Engineer
Jonas Thander   Horn Arrangements
Laleh Pourkarim   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Producer,Cello Arrangement
Peter Carlsson   Vocal Producer
Amethyst Kelly   Composer
Isaiah Tejada   Programming
Gustaf Thörn   Composer,String Arrangements
Sara Mitchell   Composer
Susan H. Catanzaro   Composer
ILYA   Composer,Programming,Producer

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