Fresh out of rehab, Demi Lovato has just released her comeback single, "Skyscraper", which rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts as if it was sung by Lady Gaga. However, to be brutally honest, this song doesn't fill any void or feel satisfactory to me; read on for the explanation.
First off, anyone that says this song was written by Demi about overcoming her eating disorder and her self-injury is actually not telling the truth. The song was written by Toby Gad (along with Kerli and Lindy Robbins), and went through the writing process in spring 2010. It's true that the emotion-filled voice of Demi may have still been talking about these things, but they were not the direct inspiration of the song.
Of course, that doesn't mean that Demi doesn't sing emotionally in the song. However, this makes her voice shaky and difficult to listen to. The background vocals in the song (by Jordin Sparks, I believe) take on the same annoying tone. It's possible to get emotion across without a screeching voice; just ask Miley Cyrus or Avril Lavigne (although the music video may be a bit light-hearted).
I wish Demi the best of luck in overcoming her personal struggles. However, that doesn't mean that I have to say I like the song out of sympathy. If it wasn't for what happened to her earlier, I wouldn't be here today reviewing the song, and you wouldn't be here reading my review. At the end of the day, though, I have to judge the song; and it's definitely less than spectacular, in my ears.