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Demi Lovato - 'Remember December'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:11 UK time, Thursday, 11 February 2010

Demi Lovato

One of the best things that can ever happen to a music fan is to be forced to listen to something they have certain (ie low) expectations of, only to have their prejudices torn away like a plaster off a hairy arm - quickly, brutally and with much wincing.

It happened when Girls Aloud's first single wasn't a rubbish ballad, for example. It happened for me the first time I heard 'Fly On The Wall' by Miley Cyrus (srsly. It's AMAZING), and now here's a new song by madam out of Camp Rock. Surely lightning can't strike three times on the same pair of ears, can it?

Oh. Seems it can. Yikes!

(Here's the video. Clearly just got back from Camp Punkaltemo then.)

What is she singing in the verses? According to the lyric sheet it is:

"I feel a separation coming on,
Cos I know, you want to be moving on"

So it's a little odd to hear it coming out of her mouth as:

"I feel a separation cyammy nine,
Cos I know, you want to be movie nine."

Now, I've heard Demi Lovato speak. She's an actress: speaking is her JOB. Being able to say words in such a way that people can understand her is about 70% of what she does to earn her wages. Should we ask for a refund?

Then there's the chorus. It's a grand chorus. Someone in Team Lovato has been cocking an ear to the musical stylings of Paramore, and maybe suggested that the next logical step after Camp Rock's wholesome Disneyfication of popular song might be something a little more confessional. They might even have used the words "edgy" or "dark".

Oh sure the verses are moody synthpop, but those choruses...sheesh!

Whatever the reason, it works. It VERY works. I'm sure there's a punkrock reason why we should all get together and hate it, but for the life of me I just can't. Even with the weird pronunciation and silly lyrics, this is a corker.

Four starsDownload: February 15th
CD Released: February 15th
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

PS: I found this crumpled-up note round the back of Demi's songwriter's house. It's just a list of words, most of which have been crossed out.

"dismember, remember, nonmember, november, surrender, september, december, big spender"

I wonder what it can mean?



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