Demi Lovato's 'Unbroken': What Critics, Hollywood are Saying

4:28 PM PST 09/20/2011 by Sophie Schillaci
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The former Disney star released her first post-rehab album on Sept. 20.

The day has finally arrived for Lovatics, as Demi Lovato’s fans are affectionately called, to shell out their hard earned dollars on the songstress’ latest musical effort. Unbroken, Lovato’s first album since entering rehab in late 2010, was released to the marketplace on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Fueled by the success of “Skyscraper,” Unbroken shot to the top of the iTunes album chart within just hours of its release. While Lovato’s networks of Hollywood pals and fans alike have touted the album on Twitter, critics have weighed in with their own opinions, as well.

“As a whole, Demi’s third album is a more-than-solid collection of well-written, well-performed, hit-worthy songs. All the same, there’s something disappointing about an artist as multi-talented as Lovato having to conform for a Hot 100 hit,” wrote Story Gilmore of Neon. “Where she was once the exception to the actress-turned-singer rule, she’s now one and the same with the other pop tarts of today.”

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“There are two ways for pop stars to make a Survivor Album: either power-sing through your problems like Christina Aguilera, or make like Rihanna and dance till you forget what you're supposed to be getting over. On her first release since checking out of rehab, Demi Lovato wants to have it both ways,” said Melissa Maerz of EW. “Clearly it's been a tough year for Lovato. But as Rihanna could tell her, sometimes bad years make great songs.”

New York Times’ Jon Caramanica weighed in, “Unbroken represents the opportunity to wipe clean several slates, something Ms. Lovato is well suited for.”

“The theory goes that Colgate-bright Disney stars have to bide their time to reveal their true selves, but if anything, Unbroken feels more restrained than her previous albums; she’s traded her teen-pop shackles for another kind, giving herself over to the recent melding of R&B and dance music,” he continued.

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In Hollywood, Lovatics including Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Christina Perri and David Archuleta sang their praises online.

“aaah! how amazing is @ddlovato's new album #UNBROKEN !?! its amazing!! her voice is perfection!!!! do you have it yet????” wrote Perri.

“My lil sis @ddlovato's album comes out today!!! I just got UNBROKEN! Go out & get it! Its sooo good! So proud of u Dem! Xo,” said Kardashian.

“shoutout to @ddlovato @codysimpson @mindlessbhavior 4 all their albums coming out this week. our generation is doing it big. #sharethewealth,” posted Bieber.

“Awesome to see that @ddlovato's new album Unbroken is out. Be sure to check it out you guys! Amazing gift she has,” gushed Archuleta.

“Go grab @ddlovato's new album #UNBROKEN now!! Girl, you are SANGIN! Congrats! :),” wrote Jordin Sparks, who recorded an informal cover of the album’s lead track. 

The singer's third studio album features collaborations with Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Iyaz, Jason DeRulo and Dev. It was released Tuesday via Hollywood Records.

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