Demi Lovato’s eighth studio album, SAINT-FVCK, by most accounts, it’s something of a rebirth for the singer. After all, Lovato had already arranged “a funeral for [her] pop music” a few months earlier. SAINT-FVCK, then, is a 16-track hard rock break from their pop-infused past. Lovato has fully committed to her new sound while laying bare her struggles with addiction, trauma, and more.
One song, in particular, has caught the attention of fans and critics alike for its intensely painful message. “DEAD FRIENDS” is an ode to all the friends Lovato has lost: I miss the hell we can’t raise, I miss the time we can’t waste/ I miss the texts they can’t send, I miss my dead friends. Plus, as Lovato explained to Zane Lowe, it also touches on the survivor’s guilt Lovato felt after their overdose in 2018.
“I made friends of all ages. I lost friends around my age, and they were hurt so deeply because we were in the trenches together,” Lovato told Lowe. “I had a lot of survivor’s guilt after my overdose because…right after that Mac Miller died, and that just put everything into perspective for me: ‘It could have been you, it was almost you, and how are you going to live your life now?’ And that touched me a lot. »
Mac Miller died on September 7, 2018 of an accidental drug overdose.
Apart from “DEAD FRIENDS”, other notable tracks include “29”, “HAPPY ENDING”, “SUBSTANCE” and “CITY OF ANGELS”. The album is worth a listen or two (or three!), but buckle up because it’s not for the faint-hearted.
In other Lovato news, the singer recently explained his decision to use “she/she” pronouns with “they/them” pronouns. “I’m a very fluid person,” Lovato said in a recent statement.
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