Judging by the number of Miley Cyrus articles popping up in my Twitter feed over the last 72 hours, Bangerz may be the most important album of our generation — or at the least of this month.
Despite all this media coverage, very little of Cyrusgate has been focused on her music. For some reason it’s now news whenever a 20-year old woman changes the way she dresses. Not to mention the aftermath of her now-infamous VMA performance was blown way out of proportion, without the appropriate shade being thrown at Robin Thicke (his song is creepy and he stole his suit from Beetlejuice). In addition, her current feud with Sinead O’Connor is quite frankly ridiculous; no she shouldn’t have made fun of O’Connor’s mental health issues, but Sinead O’Connor (once accused of going “off the rails” herself) has no place to be issuing open letters.
But let’s change gears and talk about her actual music.
Bangerz is everything a pop star could want: it’s catchy, it will please the fanbase and has the potential to maybe even put a few haters in their place. It’s good to see that rather than letting her real world troubles distract her from her music, she has used them to fuel her songs (most notably her now defunct relationship with the second hottest Hemsworth brother, Liam).
The album starts off on a strong note with “Adore You.” One thing I have always admired about Miley Cyrus is her voice – she really can sing. Despite all the tabloid attention, positive or otherwise, she has talent and it’s on display in this song – she sings in a controlled but emotional style, and it’s great.
Next we move on to “We Can’t Stop.” Sorry not sorry, this song is great, we should all be thankful that Rihanna didn’t have a chance to hear it before adding “Pour It Up” to her album. I also really adore Miley’s new attitude; we’re the same age so I feel like she is growing up alongside me and experiencing the same growing pains as I am (except I am having an easier time dealing with my enormous fame and wealth. Hashtag heavy sarcasm). The songs where she flexes her badassery end up being the best on the album like the enormously fun “SMS (Bangerz)” — which features Britney Spears — and “Do My Thang.”
After the strong start the album slumps a bit. “Love Money Party” (which features Mr. Naya Rivera Big Sean) is basically Miley’s version of A$AP Rocky’s “PMW” and the songs that follows, “#GETITRIGHT” and “Drive”, don’t add much to the album either despite for former being written and produced by man-of-the-moment Pharrell Williams.
Overall, though, this is a Good Album. It veers off into bland-ish Top-40 pop in the middle, but it’s never bad, and it catching its footing again in the final two tracks (Maybe You’re Right, Something Else). Bangerz is a great display of Miley Cyrus’ coming of age; she asserts her new found maturity while also reminding us that she is young. I’m sure Miley will be making headlines and trying to twerk for years to come.
Favourite songs: Adore You, We Can’t Stop, SMS (Bangerz), Maybe You’re Right