The acting of Miley Cyrus to date is fairly terrible. A part of the problem, as I see it, with her music is she is throwing herself up front and center with said acting and it is still terrible. It hurts the music. If you’re a singer and can make good music, try to let the music speak for itself a little bit instead of just trying to sell twerking butts and soft-core porno with construction tools.
On a positive note Miley Cyrus has a less annoying voice than some pop “stars” and thus listening to her new album was not a complete nails across the chalk board experience. (stop trying to “rap” though.) After listening to the Miley Cyrus album Bangerz (deluxe version), here are my picks for the top five songs on it.
5. We Can’t Stop: I hate this song lyrically and for the fact that it has washed over radio in such a way that it is on every time you turn the key in the car. However, the musical hooks do a superb job of getting stuck in your head, which from a commercial standpoint that seems like something that deserves slight kudos. Better than getting caught listening to Party In The U.S.A. I guess.
4. Adore You: This song opened the album with a nice emotional touch. It is one of those late night, slow sad, yet hopeful kind of songs. However, by the three minute mark the lyrics went corny with the God bringing them together and holy matrimony lines. A brief soundtrack in the midst of a romantic movie trailer is the best place for this song.
3. Drive: A sad sap pop ballad with some modern “cool” sound effects to the beat. Ultimately it wins a spot on this list thanks to the questioning of how people use the word “forever” when they tell someone that they love them. This would work for me as a radio single.
2. Wrecking Ball: This song is scarred by its music video and her playful vocals in the opening come across as less artistic and more of a spit in the face to the stronger moments of the song when you’re supposed to connect emotionally. Now, having said that, if you try to block out the video and her nude butt riding across the screen on a wrecking ball, which generations years from now may be able to, there is some quality to be found here. A decent pop ballad that could provide some decent stripped down acoustic performance moments if one chose to.
1. On My Own: This song feels like it comes from pop music history, perhaps the music traveled here from the 80s/90s? It was this nostalgia vibe that kept my ears tuned in and Miley Cyrus does a lite Michael Jackson impersonation with the vocal delivery which is kind of cool.