By: Olivia McNeil
New Album, Bangerz, by Miley Cyrus rose to worldwide cultural domination following its release on October 4, 2013. This modern pop representation of the former child star turned profanity-embracing adult proved to be inappropriate for children under the age of twelve. But even with the age restriction, running into one of Cyrus’ songs at the mall or any public building for that matter is inevitable, so prepare to be trapped by songs of drugs, sex, and money at one time or another.
Leave behind the image of a protruding tongue and bleached blonde double buns in order to focus solely on the music. Quality wise, Miley’s voice is just as appealing as the vocals in her earlier singles “The Climb” and “Party in the U.S.A”. She maintains the use of signature reverbs and tremors in her vocals. These two musical features allow the listener to recognize her voice within any song. Of course rapping appeared quite often in sections of tracks on the album, but overall Cyrus’ country tinged voice remains throughout her singing.
Although her singing continues to be bearable, her lyrics are not as appealing. Every other line contains explicit language and content which seems to be unsuitable for any age group. Many of Cyrus’ fans are wondering where the old Miley went. Judging by the lyrics produced from her new record label, RCA Records, she is long gone and has no plans on returning. Cyrus’ lyrics went from harmless, “you tuck me in, turn out the light kept me safe and sound at night” in her previous single “Butterfly Fly Away”, to promiscuous, “to my home girls here with the big butt, shaking it like we at a strip club” in her recent song “We Can’t Stop”. Although the songs are catchy and fun, her new musical exploration in rap seems to be forced and awkward.
Sure, Miley poses as a wannabe gangster in her song “23” feat. Mike Will Made It, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J, but across the spectrum in her new single “Wrecking Ball” she opens up about her broken relationship with Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth. In “Wrecking Ball”, Miley poured her heart out about her recent relationship singing, “don’t you ever say I just walked away, I will always want you, I can’t live a lie, running for my life, I will always want you.”. Aside from this heart wrenching single, other songs in the album such as “My Darlin’” feat. Future expose her disappointment towards the failed relationship. In this track she sang, “I walked through a pool of water and I seen the shadow of a broken-hearted girl, pictured us walking to the altar, for better or for worse, why don’t you stand, stand by me.” Due to Mileys new behavior, the couple called off their wedding and went their separate ways. In this song of heartbreak, Miley’s fans are able to see into her personal life away from all of the inappropriate nonsense.
No matter how much a person may hate the new Miley, they cannot say that they can’t relate to, or haven’t jammed out to any of the songs off of her new album. If she still had the physical image of the long haired brunette with cowboy boots, people would judge a lot less. Twerking, or no twerking, this album allows Miley to do something new and adventurous without taking the public opinion to heart. Whether she gets applauds or scowls, her new album is on the top charts, has honest lyrics, and is racking up millions of dollars in profits. Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball, and she is here to stay.
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