Despite what critics are saying, I find Bangerz to be honest and relatable.
Though Bangerz is not exactly a cohesive album – there are Rap/Hip Hop moments, Pop moments and even a brief attempt at Country on a track called “4×4” ft. Nelly, the album still works as an expression piece.
We’ve all seen MileyCyrus grow up, and at 20 she’s obviously not yet found her true self. But at this point in life, she’s allowed to search for the real Miley and express her post-teen angst through music, right?
Some may be opposed to the “rebellious” nature of the album but on a personal level, I appreciate her experimentation with different sounds and genres. Again as a 20-something, it’s all about experimenting.
The lyrics on Bangerz describe what is believed to be her relationship with Liam Hemsworth including tracks like “Adore You” and her single “Wrecking Ball”. These love songs come across as honest showing Miley as a vulnerable girl rather than the twerk star she’s portrayed as.
And speaking of twerking, she has openly admitted the explicit, twerk-tastic nature of the MTV VMAs performance was strategically planned for publicity. Love her or hate her, Miley has been on the lips of many constantly since the MTV award show intentionally done to prepare us for Bangerz.
And in case you were wondering, there is no mention of twerking on Bangerz. So in sum, twerking was all an act that landed her in the English dictionary and made her one of the most tweeted about stars. Gotta give the girl some kudos for her clever marketing tactics!
But back to the task at hand, the album review. Beyond the broken hearted love songs, Bangerz offers head-bobbing tracks with a down south drone plus hair-whipping pop songs with potential to become single girl anthems. Miley also collaborated with some of the best in the business including Mike Will Made it and Pharrell Williams. But the greatest accomplishment for Bangerz just might be features with pop princess, Britney Spears and Detroit’s own, Big Sean. The true brilliance though comes towards the end of the album with a piece called “FU” slightly reminiscent of Amy Winehouse. Songs like this and “Drive” give the album some depth in addition to showing she’s actually melodically talented.
It’s great to hear Miley make the music she wants to make. So what if the progression of the album makes no sense, the music on Bangerz is relatable and touching.
It’s Miley’s world and we’re all just living in it! …and on a fashionable note, you can’t knock the vintage YSL she’s rocking on the Bangerz cover art.
Listen to Bangerz in its entierty on iTunes here. Let me know what you think!
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