The Bottom Line
With "Heart Attack," Demi Lovato lays down a strong argument for focusing on her music instead of her TV gig as X Factor judge. "Heart Attack" is a feisty, energetic single that works as her best mainstream pop achievement to date. This is a winning recording that will appeal to pop audiences across a wide spectrum.
- Demi Lovato in strong voice
- Clever lyrics of romantic distress
- Gorgeous bridge
- No significant negatives
- Written by Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Sean Douglas, Nikki Williams, and Demi Lovato
- Produced by the Suspex
- Released February 2013 by Hollywood Records
Guide Review - Demi Lovato - "Heart Attack"
Whether or not "Heart Attack" is autobiographical, Demi Lovato is masterful at conveying the edgy emotion of the lyrics in the song and then soaring into a rousing chorus. While watching her as a judge in the most recent season of X Factor, it always seemed that Demi Lovato was just itching to get up onstage and show the audience and contestants what she could do. Now she has a single that is likely to draw the pop music spotlight to her talents with potential for the biggest pop hit of her career.
"Heart Attack" conveys the emotions connected with finally meeting someone who breaks through stoic defenses and exposes the human being hiding beneath the facade. Demi Lovato sings, "When I don't care, I can play him like a Ken doll." However, those days are gone and instead, "When you come around I get paralyzed." The subject matter may not be new, but the frank words are refreshing in a pop song.
The musical highlight of the production by the Suspex (Mitch Allan and Jason Evigan) is a gorgeous bridge. It lets Demi Lovato stretch out vocally as she leads into a near a capella layered vocal effect that is simply beautiful. "Heart Attack" shows off Demi Lovato's voice in both vocal range and dynamics. The song is one which would leave many less talented vocalists breathless.
Demi Lovato's release of "Heart Attack" is very timely. She is at the peak of recognition by the general public, "Give Your Heart a Break" provided the mainstream pop radio break she needed, and her long-term fans are eagerly awaiting new music. "Heart Attack" is a perfect fit with today's pop radio playlists. Look for this to be a big hit single for Demi Lovato that will effectively ramp up anticipation for the album to come.