ALBUM REVIEW: Miley Cyrus ‘Bangerz’
Without naming names (we’re being professional because this is work, b*tch), there are some dull, formulaic pop albums being churned out at the moment and Miley Cyrus’ latest record ‘Bangerz’ is not one of them.
Miley is killing it. She’s a 20-year-old woman with a clear vision about where she wants to go musically and the image she wants to project (and if we were to criticise her for that, we’d have to condemn the entire music industry). Also, she’s got a voice. We’ve always been partial to female vocalists who sound like they’ve had too many late nights hanging with Molly and Miley has certainly got that nailed.
Despite the title, they’re not all bangerz, but in our opinion, the album is better for it. It kicks off with ‘Adore You,’ a lovesick ballad citing lines like, “when you say you need me, know I need you more.” ‘Rooting for My Baby’ is a simple, slow song about supporting a depressed partner that showcases Miley’s husky voice. It’s a really beautiful track and we can’t stop listening to it.
‘My Darlin’ is mellow and kind of sexy and should be listened to with your darlin’ (preferably with no one else in the room). Some people might object to the foam finger-violating former ‘Hannah Montana’ star bringing out a track with a Ben E. King credit but whatever; it’s 2013, it sounds good, get over it.
Moving onto the singles, we all know ‘We Can’t Stop’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’ (even if you didn’t want to, they’ve been pretty hard to avoid since Miley Cyrus basically is the internet/radio/TV these days). They’re great songs, and there are more like that on this album for you to play at your giant soft-toy-filled summer parties, trust us.
‘#GETITRIGHT’ is a super fun, Pharrell-produced song with sexy lyrics lightened up with playful whistling in the background and a distinctive beat from the man himself, while ‘4x4’ is a fast-paced, country-style song featuring Nelly that’ll sweep you along for the ride.
Admittedly, some of the tracks don’t quite come off – ‘FU’ is supposed to be an angry and emotionally devastating song from a woman scorned; it doesn’t quite get there. Similarly, ‘Love Money Party’ is catchy but it’s a little hard to take lyrics like “when you get to the money it ain’t nothing but money” from someone as insanely wealthy as Miley Cyrus.
A lot of it’s not so serious – “I’m a southern belle, crazier than hell” – but it’s not supposed to be. Miley’s having fun, so join the party.
— Hanna Craven-McLeay