Artist: Miley Cyrus
Record Label: RCA
Release Date: 2013
Bangerz is an album about a love story with a not-so-happy ending, beginning with the track “Adore You,” the softest song on the album that depicts the love of a young couple, but as the album goes on there is a more independent and strong voice coming from Miley. “We Can’t Stop” was the first single off the album and is about a party with friends and how they’re going to rage all night, but despite the subject matter, it is a smooth slow jam, with a low club beat in the background. Another standout track is the second single off Bangerz, “Wrecking Ball,” an emotional ballad about the destruction of a relationship. Some of the catchier tracks off the album include “4X4 (feat. Nelly),” “Love Money Party (feat. Big Sean),” and “#GETITRIGHT.” Bangerz concludes with a more independent Miley with “Someone Else” and “On My Own.”
Standout tracks on the album include “Adore You,” “Wrecking Ball,” and “#GETITRIGHT.” Cameos by Britney Spears, Ludacris, Nelly, and Big Sean only added to the diversity of the tracks.
Having never listened to a Miley Cyrus album before Bangerz, I had only heard about her antics and never her music, so I was shocked when halfway through the album I realized I was practically dancing along. The album starts of as a love story and takes you on the journey of the relationship crumbling and a girl emerging stronger and happier than before. The album is well produced and though it seems to have a mix of genres, pop, ballads, hip hop, and others, it flows seamlessly.
Forget Hannah Montana, ignore the twerking, it only distracts from the talent that is Miley Cyrus.
Who Should Listen
This is an album for those that like a little bit of hip hop, but not necessarily the culture around it. The upbeat pop songs are great for anyone that likes a good rhythm and catchy lyrics.
Why I Listened
Miley Cyrus has been one of the most talked about artists of 2013 and her transition from teenage Disney popstar to her now infamous public persona of twerking and smoking pot has made her hard to ignore.
The daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus has singing in her blood. Miley made her debut on Disney’s Hannah Montana at 14, but it is safe to say that with Bangerz, Miley Cyrus, 20, has finally shed that good girl image. Bangerz is Miley’s second album post Hannah Montana and it debuted at number one of the U.S. Billboard charts.