The month of October, 2015 saw two past Disney princesses Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez released their respective fifth albums (in Gomez‘s case,it’s her second solo after releasing three albums with her former band The Scene) namely Confident (Safehouse•Hollywood•Island) and Revival (Interscope•Polydor). Although the former BFF’s sounds are quite different, the message of their songs has a lot of similarities. Their music speaks about self-reliance, confidence, heartbreak and triumph. Just like what most people on their early 20’s are going through.
All of us have our own generation of Disney girls; from 1990’s Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears [Mickey Mouse Club], Early 200’s Lindsay Lohan, Raven Symone and Hilary Duff [That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, Herbie: Fully Loaded] and 2010’s Miley Cyrus and these two girls [Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny with a Chance]. Although the early 2000’s era of Disney Channel is my all-time favorite; I have to agree that the Miley♦Demi♦Selena trinity is definitely the most interesting. We have the same age. I’ve seen them grew up the same time as me and went through a lot as well as they turned into a full-grown women. I am a witness of Miley‘s transformation from the cowboy girl partying in the USA to her shocking VMA performance in 2013 with Robin Thicke.
We also saw ‘Delena‘ ended their friendship, threw light shades at each other and eventually reconcile. Just like normal teen girls going into adulthood, both had issues with their body image; especially Demi who suffered from bipolar and eating disorder due to bullying since age 12 and eventually going on facility treatment at 18 . In Selena‘s case, she revealed she was diagnosed with lupus late last year but decided to keep it private. I mean, who wants to go on treatment while everybody on the internet is hating on you, right?
Anyways, enough of the negative vibes and let’s focus on the music, shall we?
The follow-up to her self-titled fourth LP, Lovato worked with producers and writers like Stargate, Max Martin and Ryan Tedder as well as her good friend, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea for the song Kingdom Come. Vocally speaking , she was at her best on this album! ‘Stone Cold’, ‘For You’ and ‘Lionheart’ showcased her true singing prowess!
However, just like other vocal powerhouses; she always has the tendency to oversing- be it in the studio or during live performances. Demi, girl, we already know you can sing- probably one of the best singers that came from Disney after Christina Aguilera, so there’s no need for you to do unnecessary overruns.
As much as I love Selena more than Demi; honestly speaking, she can’t sing. She’s not trying to- at least on this album. Demetria might have the pipes and gave all she got-vocal wise on Confident but I enjoyed Revival more. She’s truly inspiring and somewhat more relatable than Demi in my honest opinion.
Both of these young divas are on hiatus, and here’s hoping they’ll comeback someday; stronger than ever and of course with another great music!