Let's talk about Bangerz by Miley Cyrus, a.k.a the twerker, the performer and also the nude. For those not catching up with the industry, then you might not have known about Miss Cyrus, who has been in an agglomeration of events since her release of We Can't Stop. People who aren't aware of the ploy yet might think Miley is dumb, disrespectful or even unsure of her future. But really, all this hypes up for a commercially successful album that actually debuted at number one ahead of Panic! At The Disco, with a fair amount of competition that is. However, then again, is Miley bringing up a great album or just moderate?
From the singles, it's safe to say the hope of this album was saved by Wrecking Ball, while We Can't Stop certainly does offer nothing. There is the atmospherically lax vibe that it warrants, but it feels lacking and doesn't seem to improve as often. Wrecking Ball though is another story. The song is not only emotional, but it was also reminiscent of her past work, and Miley was that person before, so there was no excuse that she's fallen of the beaten track in recent albums nor anything else. That was judged however before the music video which eventually broke the records for the most views in 24 hours, but let's talk about music.
Adore You kicks off the album to a pretty monotone presentation. I didn't like it, and certainly didn't hate it. It was plain, and while Miley did try to impress on an opener, it just wasn't enough. We Can't Stop is next, and while I have gotten over it for quite some time, it just isn't good enough for me. It just needs a little push... just one slight push. SMS (Bangerz) featuring Britney Spears is vocally oppressive, but the rest of the track is dismal and erratic. Half the time I'm wondering about their verses and what they are really talking about. 4x4 featuring Nelly picks up the album, and it was a much needed song. It feels like a country song, and Miley's lyrics are just fun and weird. The song is repetitive in nature, and gets bored after a while. Nelly does help the song to a not-so-large extent, but the track is what it is: Miley at work and just having fun. That's really all it is. Auto tuned feature Future raps in My Darlin', and this song is just draggy. Future sounds pathetically awful, with Miley spearheading the track, the song is kind of salvaged by it. Either way, not a fan.
Now, the second half drips in with Wrecking Ball, which to be honest, I personally enjoy and like. It is one of the more enjoyable tracks though my advice is to stay away from the music video, and all will be fine. Love Money Party is... just, eccentric and awkward. Not good nor bad, and if there was one to sum it up, it could be 'meh'. Big Sean's feature is cool though, but sometimes forgettable. Are you counting how many rap features there are? The next three songs are just ecstatic. #GETITRIGHT is the one that is just fantastic. The drums, guitars, vocals all are smoothly tense. It's probably one of my favourite tracks off the album, making you wanna get up and dance. Oh yeah there is a reference to the tongue too. Drive is powerfully vocal, and Miley nails this one on the head. The synths do sound annoying, but otherwise, it's a good song - emotional, gritty and longing - just kudos to Miley. FU featuring French Montana is a cracking song, sharing the same veins as Drive. The topics are similar, and I was glad French only had a little part to play in the song. Do My Thang is okay, though Miley's vocals are really all there is to this track. It tries too hard to go EDM, stay pop and hip hop. It's just a sloppy mess. Maybe You're Right is also great, and the track is also full of emotions, the similar style of Wrecking Ball and Drive, which is great. Then we reach Someone Else, which is also a good song but sometimes doesn't really pick up. Miley also says 'if you're looking for pretty; look somewhere else.'
The track is full of life and depth, though it suffers from the same repetition that killed SMS, My Darlin' and Do My Thang. Overall, the album is pretty solid, but sometimes being a little too poppy or even just too much fun causes the album to lack appeal and with the considerable amount of the same topic (check Drive to Someone Else), and for those saying it's Liam Hemsworth, the album was written before the breakup, so there you go.
6.5/10: Not impressive, but certainly holding her own and the album is strictly moderate if I could say so. Miley did impress this time, and maybe her antics pre-release had done it's justification, but one cannot wonder if our next generation will do the same to promote a video. Bangerz is alright, just don't take it too hard nor too serious. Just have fun and you will enjoy it. Maybe.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.