Following her controversial performance at the VMAs, Miley Cyrus has well and truly shrugged off her child-friendly image. So much so, that the 20-year-old claimed her upcoming studio album, “Bangerz” was a new start for her as a recording artist.
But is the new album going in the right direction or has Miley Cyrus well and truly lost the plot? David Wriglesworth reviews.
Written by Stacy Barthe (best known for Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink To That)” and Oren Yoel, “Adore You” is a slow, stripped back song with a simple, yet catchy chorus.
“We Can’t Stop”
“We Can’t Stop” was the lead single to be taken from the album and debuted at number one in the Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart. The song itself is very similar to Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”, yet still manages to deliver a unique sound compared to other tracks in the charts at the moment. A brilliant party anthem.
Featuring vocals from Britney Spears, “SMS (Bangerz)” has a beat similar to Salt N Pepa’s “Push It”. The combination of the two pop divas won’t grab your attention at first, though you’ll be humming along to it after a few listens. It’s most definitely a grower.
The fourth track on the album is quite appropriately named “4×4”. The song, which features Nelly, has a certain country vibe about it, which goes to show Miley Cyrus hasn’t completely strayed from her roots. Plus it’s very enjoyable.
“My Darlin” is another slow-paced song, which really demonstrates how great Miley Cyrus’ voice is. Featuring American rapper Future, the song samples Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”. However, it’s not one of the album’s most memorable tracks.
Miley Cyrus’ second single to be taken from the album is “Wrecking Ball”. The single gave Miley her first number one hit in the U.S. and broke records for the most views on VEVO within 24 hours. The song itself is a brilliant, powerful ballad about heartbreak. One of the highlights of the album.
“Love Money Party”
Featuring American hip-hop artist Big Sean (who appeared on Jessie J’s “Wild”), “Love Money Party” contains Miley Cyrus rapping. The track isn’t particularly memorable, though isn’t particularly poor either.
“Get It Right”
Produced by Pharrell Williams (the man behind Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”), “Get It Right” is an upbeat track with a catchy chorus and a summer vibe.
Miley Cyrus’ powerful vocals are on show once again in “Drive”. The song itself is about an emotional break-up, though what is most astounding is the dubstep beat throughout – taking the album in a completely different direction. Surprisingly, it works.
The second dubstep track on the album, “FU”, also demonstrates Miley’s powerful vocals. French Montana’s rap and vocals also have a solid presence in the song. This is the perfect song to blast from your speakers when you’re incredibly annoyed with someone.
“Do My Thang”
Produced by Will.i.am, “Do My Thang” is definitely a song made for “twerking”. You’ll be singing the catchy pop chorus for days after listening to the track.
“Maybe You’re Right”
“Maybe You’re Right” is another ballad from Miley Cyrus. The song was definitely made with big music venues in mind, with a series of “ohs” being evident behind the powerful chorus. Another highlight of the album.
Lyrically, “Someone Else” is one of the strongest tracks on the album and is sung with real meaning behind it. However, the music itself takes away a lot of that meaning. Hopefully an acoustic version appears soon.
Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” is released on Monday, October 7th, 2013. Pre-order it from iTunes.