“Skyscraper” is Demi Lovato’s first piece of new music since emerging from rehab earlier this year. The song is clearly autobiographical (although she didn’t write it at all), given the very public meltdown and rehab that she went through last fall.
The track was written by Estonian “bubblegoth” singer, Kerli, and producer, Toby Gad (Selena Gomez “A Year Without Rain”, Fergie “Big Girls Don’t Cry”), before Demi’s stint in rehab, although you would think otherwise due to how reflective it seems in retrospect. “Skyscraper” seems like it was tailor made for her. It’s like they were reading her mind or saw the signs beforehand. With darkly heartrending, yet optimistic lyrics placed over minimal piano production, the song seemed like the perfect opportunity for Lovato to emote, and she sure as hell emoted her ass off.
The delivery of the chorus & bridge in “Skyscraper” are arguably the best parts of the song.
“You can take everything I have, you can break everything I am, like I’m made of glass, like I’m made of paper. Go on and try to tear me down, I will be rising from the ground. Like a skyscraper!”
“Go run, run, run, I’m gonna stay right here. Watch you disappear, yeah.”
Heartbreaking yet optimistic, catchy yet raw in substance, it takes hold of you and stays with you.
I cried man tears upon listening to this song this morning, and again each time since. I’ll try not to preach to the choir about “St. Lovato”, but I have always enjoyed her vocals in her past singles, but this track is mature and powerful. I’ve heard comparisons to Kelly Clarkson‘s “Breakaway” or Katy Perry‘s “Fireworks” and I’d have to agree, it’s right up there. While emoting and displaying such vulnerability and strength should come off as an act in this P.R. heavy day & age, it doesn’t this time around. I genuinely feel attached to this song because of how genuinely it comes off.
I wish Demi Lovato all the best & I look forward to hearing her new album when it’s released this winter.
P.S. Feel free to check out Jordin Sparks’ rendition of the song. Apparently the song was recorded by her for her next album, but it didn’t stick and it found it’s way to Demi or something like that. Either way it didn’t stop her from singing the song on Youtube now that it’s blown up.
Here is the video below:
- Skyscraper Showdown: Jordin Sparks Covers Demi Lovato (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Demi Lovato’s ‘Skyscraper’ Impresses Selena Gomez, Katy Perry (newsroom.mtv.com)
- NOW Or Never? Demi Lovato VS. Nicole Scherzinger! (now100fm.radio.com)
- “Rising from the Ground” Demi Lovato is BACK with comeback single “Skyscrapter” (dextercommunications.wordpress.com)