Demi Lovato & Iggy Azalea "Kingdom Come" Collaboration Sounds A Little Familiar — LISTEN
The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived, and Demi Lovato's album Confident has been released for the public to enjoy. And enjoy it they certainly are, because the whole new Lovato that debuted this whole new album is definitely someone that everyone should get to know. Starting with the empowering title track "Confident" and ending with the slow, emotional ballad "Father," Lovato takes us to a lot of places on this album — the good places, the painful places, and the places that make you want to declare her your absolute favorite pop star of all time. (OK, OK, maybe I'm being a little dramatic, but it's a great album.) However, Lovato and Iggy Azalea's collaboration "Kingdom Come" doesn't quite match the awesomeness of the rest of the album... mainly because it sounds, well, familiar.
We'd already heard that this collaboration was coming — and it was reinforced by Azalea performing "Cool For The Summer" with Lovato at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — but, whatever I was expecting, it certainly wasn't this. While the song opens slow before launching into a fast-paced club hit that shows off Lovato's incredibly vocal strength, the first chorus is followed by a backing beat... that makes the song suddenly sound a lot like Azalea's collaboration with Rita Ora "Black Widow," with a side of Sia's "Chandelier."
Can we love until there's nothing left and we're collecting dustUse the hell out of our golden souls until we're flecks of rustA love so deep, nothing else like itScars go deep, but they can't find itFlames so bright make the daylight look darkCross my heart that I'd die for yaCross my heart that I'll always keep yaCross my heart like a bittersweet tattoo
Lovato sings these verses before the beat kicks in, and, while I enjoy this opening portion of the song, I'm not sure how I feel about the numerous "Black Widow" flashbacks I'm getting here. I mean, I've already heard "Black Widow," and I know that Azalea can bring a lot more to the table than raps overlaid with such a similar beat, so what gives?
If you're a huge fan of Azalea, then this rap definitely counts as among one of her better raps. Her braggadocios lyrics fit perfectly with the "Kingdom Come" theme, and are perfectly enhanced by Lovato's voice before and after the Azalea interlude. Honestly, the two women work incredibly well together on this collaboration. If it weren't for the fact that I have such serious "Black Widow" deja vu, this would probably count as one of the best songs on the album. As it is, it ends up being one of the weakest songs on Confident as a result — but, luckily, the album offers plenty more for old fans to enjoy and for new fans to get into.
Basically, Lovato's Confident is on Spotify and on iTunes and offers just about everything you could be looking for in pop music from Lovato, so you have no excuse not to listen to it right now.