Like Madonna, Miley Cyrus is fast becoming the queen of reinvention. Each of her studio albums has seen the star push herself creatively and out of the comfort zone she could easily have stayed in. ‘Bangerz’, the star’s previous album, is the perfect example of how she dominated a new genre and on ‘Younger Now’, Miley unfortunately falls flat.
Now, Miley is a fantastic artist and this review takes nothing away from her in that regard. Her voice is one of the strongest in music right now and she puts it on full display on ‘Younger Now’. I also love the fact that Miley is showing fans a different side of her. The star grew up around country music so it was only a matter of time before we got a country record from the star.
‘Malibu’ was the perfect lead single off the record. It subtly introduced the world to the new Miley sound and although it became a moderate hit around the world, it was slated for its lacklustre lyrical content.
Unfortunately, the rest of the album follows suit. The songwriting is incredibly disappointing the production doesn’t elevate the tracks to where they need to be. The songs are average at best and although the start of the era showed promise, ‘Younger Now’ fails to have the same impact as her previous records did.
The album’s direction is a bizarre choice after Miley’s chaotic ‘Bangerz’ era. It almost feels as if she’s a caged animal of sorts as her sound is more subdued than ever. Sure, she’s done quite a bit of growing up since then but the star has become a wild child of sorts and that part of her is missing here.
However, the album isn’t all that bad. Sure, it won’t have the effect that she hoped for commercially but there are a handful of gems on the record. ‘I Would Die For You’ is easily the standout track on the record. The ballad has the perfect mix of pop and country and it’s one of the only tracks that really show off Miley’s emotional side. ‘Thinkin’’ is probably the most commercial side of the record. It takes an edgier approach to the country sound Miley has been gunning for – and it works.
Unfortunately, Miley missed the mark with this record but perhaps it was necessary for her creative growth. We commend her for taking the sonic risk and although this album doesn’t blow us away, it’s great to have Miley back!
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