Single Review: Made in the USA by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato's latest single, "Made in the USA," feels a bit pedestrian for the singer, especially after the rich and interesting, "Heart Attack." The central premise--"our love is made in the USA"--feels more patronizing than cute or patriotic. Not to mention, Lovato wales through the track (that is, in the moments when her voice is not filtered to a lifelessness) as if she is dumping her man rather than praising the strength of their love. In general, it's a conflicted piece. That said, Lovato can deliver a vocal with conviction, and while producing the single as a pulsing piece of dance-pop is perhaps smart for the charts, the best moment is when Lovato repeats the hook over a jangly layered guitar at the end of the final chorus. This moment shows that song has potential and perhaps could have a new life re-imagined as an accoustic ballad.

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