Demi Lovato is a chameleon.
She’s been a child star, a Disney darling, a pop princess, an activist and a survivor.
But the 31-year-old ushers in her boldest era yet as a bonafide rock star on her new album, “Revamped” (out Friday), on which she transforms 10 of her greatest hits into brash anthems.
Lovato decided to re-record her old music after famously holding a “funeral” for her pop career last year ahead of the release of her first punk record, “Holy Fvck.”
But unlike Taylor Swift, whose “Taylor’s Version” releases may not sound too different to casual listeners, Lovato completely reinvents her signature songs with grittier instrumentation, punchier melodies and even some updated lyrics.
The original version of 2015’s “Cool for the Summer” featured the line “Don’t tell your mother,” but now Lovato begs, “Go tell your mother.” And on the revised mix of 2017’s “Tell Me You Love Me,” she adds the words “They say” before “You ain’t nobody ’til you got somebody” to remind fans that it’s OK to be alone.
“Confident” is somehow, someway even louder here than in 2015, while the new edition of 2013’s “Heart Attack” showcases Lovato’s versatility and takes her powerhouse voice to unimaginable heights.
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Lovato also taps a few special guests this time around: The rock remixes of 2011’s “Give Your Heart a Break,” 2013’s “Neon Lights” and 2017’s “Sorry Not Sorry” feature The Used frontman Bert McCracken, emo band The Maine and legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, respectively, all of whom help elevate tracks that Lovatics have come to know and love over the years.
Lovato deserves her flowers, though, for ensuring that her classics still feel familiar even after breathing new life into them.
“Skyscraper” packs a punch like never before but stays true to its 2011 pop counterpart, and the Jonas Brothers-co-written “La La Land” has just as much teen angst as it did back in 2008.
So, while the Old Taylor may not be able to come to the phone right now, the Old Demi is very much still here — just with a smidgen more black eyeliner and a bitchin’ new sound.
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