Monday, October 14, 2013
Album review: Miley Cyrus evokes cringe-worthy moments on Bangerz
Cyrus fails to shed her Disney Channel persona as successfully as Demi Lovato or Selena Gomez.
I didn’t completely hate Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, but I did not like it at all. With every song, every lyric, every harmonization, I shrunk more and more in my seat cringing by how terrible she sounds. There are methods that she could use to distinguish herself further from her Hannah Montana counterpart; acting like a complete fool is an option but not the most viable one. While the single "Wrecking Ball" is pretty good on its own, bookended with the nonsense that the entirety of her album is makes it feel like a throwaway track that should’ve been left as a demo in a studio.
Before I get into the music, I picked up the deluxe version of Bangerz, which sports a very different, very accurate cover from the standard version. From the cover to the last song, I was cringing in my chair. I listened to the album, front to back, in one shot, and was very surprised that I didn’t stop it halfway through. The first song from the album, "Adore You," doesn’t really set up the album as a whole. It doesn’t prepare use for what is it be heard on the album. It matter-of-factly sounds like a closing song.
"We Can’t Stop," which may just be the best song on the album, follows "Adore You," and this is where the album picks up steam. From here, the theme of the album is recognized as a rebellious act against her past image. With lines about cocaine, using vibrators (in "SMS(BANGERZ)") and saying "F-U" to everyone, it’s evident she’s attempting to enter adulthood. Other Disney alum artists like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez have managed to grow up and live past their kid-friendly alter egos without having to resort to lowly antics.
Every other song sounds the same; it’s quite tiresome to listen to the same song over and over again. In between some of the more upbeat songs, there are ballads that sonically sound OK, like "Wrecking Ball." However, as a package, it sounds psychotic. She says "F-U" to all the haters and then wishes that you all understand her true self.
This album is getting mixed reviews from critics. Many of her fans will love this album for the sake of loving her and others will hate the album for the sake of hating her album. I, for one, dislike the album simply because it wasn’t very good. If you’re a Cyrus fan, then by all means, support her music. But if you know you aren’t going to enjoy her music based on what you hear on the radio, then you already know what you shouldn’t do.
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