ALBUM REVIEW: Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
Over the past couple of months Miley Cyrus has been clouded with controversy surrounding her twerking fail at the VMAS to her risqué music video for ‘Wrecking Ball’. People are starting to question if Miley has gone too far and if she has become another Hollywood train wreck. It’s sad that everyone is focusing on the negative publicity and slightly forgetting the music she is releasing because her recent singles ‘We Can’t Stop’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’ as they are such strong and decent songs. She is starting to become an artist in her own right and is learning to shock people and keep up with the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Madonna.
Forgetting all the controversy, Miley Cyrus has released her new album ‘Bangerz’ and it has gathered a lot of hype surrounding its release. As much as I wanted it to deliver, it fails to live up to the expectations from the two strong lead singles. The album begins with a lot of songs that I would consider as “album filler” before the second half takes over and delivers some really strong songs. The album feels disjointed and sounds like she’s gone into the studio with so many very different ideas and tried to mix them together and make it work but they just don’t. There is way too much genre bending happening where she’s mixing urban with country and dance influences, it all becomes a hot mess. Her collaboration with Britney Spears, ‘SMS’ is one song which on paper should’ve worked and been a potential hit single but it’s structure and sound is so messy and nearly becomes un-listenable. ‘My Darlin’ had potential and Miley’s vocals outshine the song with guest vocalist Future drowning out the song with his verse coming across unnecessary. The other collaborations on ‘Bangerz’ include Nelly, Big Sean and French Montana and producer ‘Mike Will Made It’ who all enforce the urban sound and image for this album.
The second half of the album is where the songs start delivering the moments that you were waiting for. ‘FU’ starts off as a cabaret sounding number and on the chorus adds some killer synth and her vocals sound raw and just takes this song to the next level. ‘Do my Thang’ is the next club hit for Miley Cyrus and with a catchy hook guaranteeing it to be a huge hit if its released as a single. ‘Drive’ is one of my personal favourite songs from this album and is one of the most revealing tracks where Miley opens up a bit further about her break up with Liam Hemsworth. “You told me that you wanted this. I told you it was all yours. If you’re done with it, then What’d you say forever for? If forever is out the door I’ll ignore when you call.” I would’ve liked to hear a few more songs like this where she’s more open and storytelling rather than singing about drugs, money, parties and alcohol.
I think a lot of people do forget that Miley is actually so talented and her vocals are very strong and on the second half of the album she showcases more of this. The problem with ‘Bangerz’ is that it takes too long for the song to grow on you or even have an opinion about it. I had to listen to this album numerous times before I could give it a fair and honest review. The songs are very different to what was expected and some don’t work at all but some surprise you and work better than you expected. I love the heavy synths and bass that she has adopted for this album but kind of wished she dropped the half rapping she attempts. This album is hit and miss, some will love it and some will hate it but give it a listen and make up your mind for yourself. But last question, it’s a serious one, can anybody seriously tell me what Bangerz means?
HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Drive’, ‘Do My Thang’, FU, ‘Maybe You’re Right’, ‘Someone Else’
GIVE A MISS: ‘4X4’, ‘My Darlin’, ‘Get It Right’