*ahem* I have sufficiently listened to Confident to make an informed statement.
Not gonna lie, I was worried it was going to be bad. Real fluffy, real poppy. However, it actually had a lot of blues in it—songs that were pretty bluesy or had blues elements. The blues aren’t really my thing, so there is that. It was different than I thought it was going to be (good), but it is a genre I don’t personally seek out.
And while, I do enjoy me some good pop, I like it to be a little more unique than some of the runs and synthesizing that are pretty generic on this album.
There are a few stand outs besides the title track—For You, Stone Cold. I know people would normally put Lionheart in this category as well, but ehhh, I do like it, but it’s just not my jam like I thought it was going to be. It, too, has good build, especially at the start, and Demi sings the hell out of it. I would rather listen to For You, though. Hands down, my favorite is For You. It’s got good builds and falls, good rhythm. It gets stuck in my head. It’s an anthem song. And I knew the first time I heard it that it was going to be my favorite.
Confident and Cool For the Summer are the pump-up jams, and I like them for that—let’s run to them, let’s rock out in the car to them, let’s pretend-we’re-in-a-music-video dance to them. Confident is catchy and more likable the more I hear it. ALSO, the base/synth underneath the melody, can anyone say Pink? (Cuz I Can, if you need some help.) And obviously, Cool for the Summer is catchy af.
Demi also has had tracks about her dad, and obviously Father is about him as well. I like that she directly addresses him and his problems and how he affected their family and does so without mincing words. She’s done that well on all the songs she’s written about him. It’s similar to Kelly Clarkson’s directness in, for example, Because of You and Piece by Piece and Pink’s Conversations with My 13 Year Old Self.
I do like the pre-chorus for Waitin’ For You and its parallels to UFC/Rhonda Rousey, even though the actual named shoutout is in Stars (and parelles are also drawn in For You and, obviously, in Confident). The other songs are fairly average and round out a pretty cohesive album.
So, I do like the album a lot more than I thought I would, a solid B-.
Now, off to give Revival (Selena Gomez) and Thirty One (Jana Kramer) the attention they deserve… AFTER I listen to For You a few more times.
*moon walks away*