Miley’s new album doesn’t officially hit stores until Oct. 8, but since the album has been streaming on iTunes since Sept. 30, the reviews are in early. And Miley is going to be one happy girl!
All that hard twerk paid off. After much anticipation, Miley Cyrus unveiled her new album Bangerz (officially out on Oct. 8) to the world on Sept. 30. And after a week of taking in the now grown up singer’s latest songs, the critics have come back with resounding praise. See what they all had to say about Bangerz!
Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ Reviews
Bangerz is the sound of Hannah Montana gone Miami Vice. “You think I’m strange, b**ch?/S**t’s bananas like a f**kin’ ‘rangutan, b**ch,” she rhymes in a sketchy hip-hop drawl on “Do My Thang.” It’s strange but it’s also traditional: Her Disney-steeped voice never takes a back seat to the wide-ranging production (from the likes of Pharrell, Will.i.am and Dr. Luke), and Billy Ray’s daughter rocks a country vocal during several tracks. Some skeptics – let’s call them haters – might argue that Cyrus isn’t wholly comfortable in her new dirty/crazy persona. But that’s part of the strange charm.
Bangerz, Cyrus’ fourth studio album and RCA Records debut, is, for better and worse, the sound of a singer following a pair of enormous singles with a full-length completely from the perspective that birthed those two hits. In other words, the album finds Cyrus working with who she wants to work with, singing about what she wants to sing about, as if she’s a kid in an arcade with a pocket of limitless quarters. Sometimes, the 20-year-old’s vision needs to be adjusted, as on the manic French Montana collaboration “FU” and on “Someone Else,” which feels like the album’s hundredth dramatic breakup song and plays for nearly five minutes. But more often than not, Cyrus’ daring attitude guides her to invention: “4×4,” a country-tinged mash-up with Nelly, sounds awful in concept but is executed efficiently; “Do My Thang” could have been a sneering declaration of independence but invites the listener to share Cyrus’ youthful glee. “We Can’t Stop” still knocks, but “Wrecking Ball” actually hints at where Cyrus’ career may take her next, since the vocalist expertly handles the mid-tempo ballad without a whiff of gimmickry. Could Cyrus fashion a long musical run based on these big-hearted roof-rattlers? Probably, yes.
Bangerz, executive-produced by shrewd Atlanta beatmaker Mike Will Made It, is the onetime Disney star’s fourth studio album, but her first as the master of her own destiny and — with the two lead singles already landing at No. 2 and No. 1 — a pacesetter in music. It’s also utterly fresh, a pop blitz from a hip-hop blueprint, and proof that Miley won’t settle for just shocking us.
Bangerz reveals that Cyrus isn’t just a twerk-bot programmed to titillate (though there’s always a need for one of those in pop music).
Of course, anyone who’s actually listened to “Wrecking Ball,” the chart-topping power ballad with the nudity-enhanced video, already knows that.
You go, Miley! With so much controversy surrounding her these days, this album needed to be tight and game-changing to prove that Miley isn’t just twerking for attention. It’s great to see that she stepped up to the challenge.
But what do you think of Bangerz, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro