Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

2013-10-15 11:48
 
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For all the antics that Miley Cyrus has demonstrated in the last few months — the wardrobe selections (or lack thereof), the outrageous quotes, the awkward twerking and the rest of her wild child behaviour — she could easily grab attention if she did one thing: let her music speak for itself.

Cyrus' Bangerz, her fourth album, is a collection that marks the 20-year-old's musical breakthrough. The former Hannah Montana star kicks off the 13-track set with "Adore You", a downbeat song about love.

Other tracks that follow with that energy — "Wrecking Ball", "My Darlin'" and "Somewhere Else" — capture a more mature, nuanced side of Cyrus that we haven't seen much of — and that's a welcome change. When she explores the different emotions of her character and doesn't play the caricature that she's become, you're able to appreciate Cyrus as an artist.

If using the phrase "artist" and Cyrus is shocking, it follows the theme of Bangerz — which surprises you, in a good way. When Cyrus teased the album with the radio-friendly party anthem "We Can't Stop" — a song originally created for Rihanna — and said producers would include Pharrell, Dr Luke and will.i.am, the album seemed like it was going to be a hit machine in the vein of Rihanna or Katy Perry.

But Cyrus' jams don't sound like insta-hits; some tracks even feel experimental as she blends elements of alternative, upbeat pop, soft rock with hints of RnB and hip-hop.

The Britney Spears-assisted "SMS (Bangerz)" and the Pharrell-produced "#GETITRIGHT" are addictive, feel-good, up-tempo pop tunes; "FU" — guess what it stands for — has Cyrus semi-angry over a dramatic beat, and it makes for an overall punchy and amazing track; and "4x4," featuring Nelly, is a pop-twang adventure. Even "Do My Thang" — where Cyrus isn't too convincing as a rapper — sounds good thanks to the groovy hook that she sings, and will.i.am's Southern hip-hop-flavoured beat.

Cyrus' outlandish behaviour is helping her get attention. She's become a social media queen, the talk of every news programme and music's "it" girl, even stealing thunder from new releases by Perry and Lady Gaga.

It's good for the Pop Star Cyrus, but for Artist Cyrus? Not so much. Aside from everything that made headlines following her MTV Video Music Awards performance, vocally she was horrific (she should also learn some better dance moves).

When less is happening onstage, Cyrus sounds better — check out her recent strong singing in a gritty rendition of "Wrecking Ball" on Saturday Night Live. If Cyrus would concentrate more on showcasing her music than trying to become the latest shock queen, perhaps we wouldn't be shocked that Bangerz is a good album.

She should focus less on the antics and let her music do the talking — and keep that Sinead O'Connor letter in her back pocket (whenever her outfit allows it).

Watch Miley perform "Wrecking Ball" on SNL here:



Listen to snippets of Bangerz here:



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gie 2013/10/15 12:01 PM
OMG MILEY CYRUS RECORD "BANGERZ" IS A REAL KILLER. WONDERFULLY UNIQUE!
gie 2013/10/15 12:21 PM
FOR ME, DESREGARDING ALL PREVIEW A PERFECT 11/10. THAT'S WHY IT TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS IN UK AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND I-TUNE TOP IN OVER 70 COUNTRIES BY NOW. FRANKLY, I'M NOT SURPRISE! MILEY CYRUS RECORD "BANGERZ" IS REAL KILLLER! REGARDLESS,THAT DIDN'T FOLLOW GRAMMATICAL NORM,MILEY CYRUS, PRODUCERS AND TEAM KNOW EXACTLY KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING, IT'S INTENTIONAL. SHALOMDESTINYHOPEMILEYCYRUSSHALOM. PS. LIAM HEMSWORTH IS TOTALLY FUCK IN "FU"?YOU CAN JUDGE. GOOD FOR YOU MISS MILEY! HA, HAAAAAAAAAAA- ONE OF MY FAVORITE KILLER SONG... GENIUS!
aiimz 2013/10/21 7:39 PM
i LOVE THE SONG BUT THE VIDEO IRRETATES ME, BECAUSE i THINK SHE IS TRYING TO PROVE SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T NEED TO BE PROVED. ITS GREAT THAT SHE'S TRYING TO BE MORE MATURE, BUT NAKED ON A WRECKING BALL IS TAKING IT A BIT TOO FAR. i ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE ALBUM THOUGH!
Kerry 2013/11/05 7:23 PM
@Gie it was number 1 for only what one week and that's only because of her gimmicks (naked hammer licking video ,VMA grinding,twerking), without all that she would've been what she was when her album before this "cannot be tamed" came out aka just another post disney gone wild girl. Katy Perry kicked her out almost everywhere. Im not saying 'Prism' was the best album but it certainly was better than this mess. Music wise it sucks ,sorry but totally agree with Channel24's review. Shouldn't even call it pop music, it is a disgrace to pop music.
Donovan Koen 2013/12/20 11:51 AM
This album did nothing for me, her previous work from Can't Be Tamed was much intellegent and easy on the ears, songs like 4x4 - HORRID, SMS feat Britney......not good either, the only worthy song on this album is Wrecking ball and that is also not the best song! But the whole image change also did not do it for, stop trying so hard to be sexy and just be sexy and your talent will work for you!
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