Album Review: Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

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What a year 2013 was for Miley Cyrus.  She went from almost falling off the face of the planet through sheer irrelevance to becoming the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the year.  Following all her ridiculous/attention-getting antics at the VMAs, Miley released her first album in 3 years.  Bangerz is exactly what it wants to be – an over the top pop album with synth-beats on almost every track and some big names in the Rap game (Big Sean, Future, etc).

One of the four album covers for Bangerz. The rest can be found here.

One of the four album covers for Bangerz. The rest can be found here.

I will be giving my overall grade (on a scale of 1 – 10; 10 being the best) of the album at the end, but instead of reordering the songs into ‘best to worst’ order I will be using colors to visually demonstrate which songs I like the most, least, and the songs I am apathetic about.

If a song is green – I like it more than others; if a song is blue – It’s listenable; if a song is red – I don’t really like it. I will be adding purple to the list as well; purple will be for my favorite song on the album.

I have written a short review of every song and highlighted it based upon the scale above.

Track List

1. Adore You
2. We Can’t Stop
3. SMS (Bangerz) feat. Britney Spears
4. 4×4 feat. Nelly
5. My Darlin’ feat. Future
6. Wrecking Ball
7. Love, Money, Party feat. Big Sean
8. Get it Right
9. Drive
10. FU feat. French Montana
11. Do My Thang
12. Maybe You’re Right
13. Someone Else

Cyrus performing on December 2013. (Source)

Cyrus performing on December 2013. (Source)

Track reviews

 1. Adore You

This was the opening song on the album, and it quickly bored me.  Not a great way to start an album, but lucky for Miley she was able to pull the rest of this album out of the rubble.

2. We Can’t Stop

Not a bad song.  Initially I did not like this song when I heard over the summer because it was not Party in the USA but it has eventually grown on me.  It’s green because as hard as you try to avoid this song, hearing it is inevitable.  Very catchy, very Miley.  This was the first everyone saw of Nu-Miley.

3. SMS (Bangerz) feat. Britney Spears

The first really cool sounding song on the album.  Very cool feature of Brittney Spears.  Still pretty repetitive.  First time I’ve listened to a Miley Cyrus song that she said a swear word. She is no longer Hannah Montana and that’s okay.

4. 4×4 feat. Nelly

There is a very interesting instrumental track for this song.  Almost sounds a bit country at times, which makes the Nelly feature make so much sense.  You really get to hear the Southern roots of Miley in her vocals for this track.  Nelly continues to do Nelly things, makes me miss ‘Country Grammar.’

5. My Darlin’ feat. Future

There is a lot of emotion put into the first lines Miley has in the song, but then Future comes in and ruins it.  Honestly, any other feature would make this an okay song.  The lyrics shift from pretty emotional and heart broken at the start, to “we gon’ make a movie, its gon’ be in 3d.”  This song had potential, but it just couldn’t keep me interested.

6. Wrecking Ball

Everybody and their mother knows this song and video.  There really isn’t anything I can say about this song that hasn’t already been said.  Pretty good lyrically, pretty catchy.

7. Love, Money, Party feat. Big Sean

Miley is channeling her inner Ke$ha on this song.  The words “Love”, “Money”, and ”Party” are repeated over and over and over.  Kind of gives me a headache.  If it wasn’t for Big Sean’s verse on this song I think this would have been a red song.

8. #GETITRIGHT

This song reminds me of a Robin Thicke song, with Miley playing the role of Thicke.  When you think of the song like that it is pretty interesting. The similarities to this song and ‘Blurred Lines’ are apparent.

9. Drive

Miley opens this song showing off her impressive vocal range. I am a big fan of the instrumental track used.  It made me want to freestyle at times, which is always a good thing.  Lyrics follow the heartbreak of most of the album.

After listening to the whole album, I have decided that this song is my favorite.  This song is good summary for the album.  It is very catchy at times, but it’s coming from a place of pain.  Miley is weak, confused, and scared.  To me, this song shows that.

10. FU feat. French Montana

This is another pretty cool song.  French Montana is another poor feature, but he doesn’t do a whole lot, so it doesn’t affect the track a whole lot.  The vocals are grandiose over a very dub-by instrumental – which sounds like a weird combination – but it ends up working for the song.  The lyrics are slightly goofy at times and don’t really go with her vocals, but it still ends up working.

11. Do My Thang

Stop trying to rap on trap beats Miley; I don’t think it works for you as much as you think.  A lot of “bitch rhymes with bitch” rhyme patterns… Weak.

12. Maybe You’re Right

Meh.  The whole ‘every song is about Thor’s Brother’ thing is getting a little boring at this point in the album.

13. Someone Else

I enjoyed this song.  I couldn’t tell you what I really enjoyed about it, but I know that I liked it.

The bracelet on Cyrus's knuckles reads 'NICK.'

The bracelet on Cyrus’s knuckles reads ‘NICK.’

Overall:

2013 was Miley Cyrus’ year as far as popularity goes, but it also has been a year full of heartbreak and self-destruction for the young pop star.  She dealt with the end of a marriage proposal, which is never an easy thing for anyone to do.  She came back from all that to release an album that was nothing like anything she had done before.

Personally, I enjoyed a chunk of the album.  Miley has amazing talent when it comes to singing.  There are times when I see her have the vocal range of someone like Christina Aguilera, which is amazing, but there are also times where she feels that she would rather rap.  I was not a fan of the latter.  The album was filled with “Bangerz” that you would typically hear at a college party or a club, but if that is not your scene then this album is not for you.

 Final Grade : 7/10

Too much of the CD was boring, or repetitive, to the point where I couldn’t see myself giving a much higher rating, but overall the CD was not terrible.  Miley is still young, so I can see her making many more albums following this; lets just hope the next one isn’t all about Thor’s Brother.

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November 1st: Music News

Here is your daily recommended music news, but first a music video:


I hope you enjoyed that.

Alternative Press: Matt Good teases potential From First To Last news

Alternative Press: Blink-182 to close out BlizzCon 2013

Buzzfeed: Did Eminem make an incorrect reference to “The Wire” on his song w/Kendrick?

Highlight Magazine: 30 Seconds To Mars Release New Music Video

Kerrang!: Can all rock videos have massive slow-motion wolves in them from now on please? Check it out

Music Connection: “Every time I collaborate with young people…I’m blown away with how good it comes out.” – PJ Blanco

NME: New musical SPEARS will tell story of Jesus Christ through Britney Spears songs

I am intrigued and dumbfounded at the same time.

NME: Kanye West files lawsuit against YouTube co-founder for leaking Kim Kardashian engagement footage

Lol.

Rolling Stone: Trey Anastasio exclusively shares details about Phish’s next album ‘Wingsuit’, which they played last night

Rolling Stone: Hear sassy pop singer Dev set losers straight in her new track, “Kiss It”

SPIN Magazine: Beck designed limited-edition glasses so you can see his ‘Song Reader’

SPIN Magazine: Stream MIA’s ‘Matangi’ album right now

As always, if you have any pertinent music news, or want us to post more about a certain artist/band/genre/magazine, let us know in the comments section!

October 29th: Music News

Here is your daily pile of steaming music news!

Alternative Press: Rumored My Chemical Romance 2014 release is a “Greatest Hits” compilation, says Gerard Way

Alternative Press: Sleeping With Sirens debut “Congratulations” video featuring Matty Mullins

Buzzfeed: Nothing… Guess Beyoncé, Britney Spears, or Miley Cyrus didn’t do anything “interesting” today.

Highlight Magazine: The Mast Announces New Album

Kerrang!: Have you heard Green Day frontman Billie Joe’s new musical project yet? Listen here

Music Connection: Expert advice: Recording Tips For The Indie Artist

NME: We had some ear-splitting responses when we asked you about the loudest gigs you’ve seen. The best suggestions here.

NME: Lady Gaga’s ‘X Factor’ performance receives 260 complaints

NME: Jonas Brothers announce split

Rolling Stone: Stevie Wonder is gearing up to perform all of ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ live for the first time.

Rolling Stone: Thirty Seconds to Mars talk fame and LA with Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan in a new short film

SPIN Magazine: Dear world, please stop confusing Lou Bega with Lou Reed. It hurts our souls

Oh my word. This hurts my soul as well.

SPIN Magazine: With Halloween on the horizon, we gathered first-hand stories about monsters of rock: music’s scariest frontmen

As always, if you have any pertinent music news, or want us to post more about a certain artist/band/genre/magazine, let us know in the comments section!

Here’s some My Chemical Romance, since they have announced a ‘Greatest Hits’ album due out in January:

October 28th: Music News

Here is today’s music news dump – just for you!

Alternative Press: Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate bury the hatchet with upcoming tour

Britney Spears' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Everyone gets a damn ‘Star’ nowadays… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alternative Press: Weezer to record new album with Ric Ocasek starting in January; greatest hits album in the work

Buzzfeed: Jay Z Says He Won’t Make “Snap Judgments” In Response To Barneys Racism Allegations

Highlight Magazine: Sara Savery tells us all about her song “The Diver.” Check it out here!

Kerrang!: Who’s seen these South Park clips referencing Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and more?!

Music Connection: “If nobody showed up to see you play, the venue didn’t make any money off you.”

NME: Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner explains why he is not on Twitter

NME: Britney Spears songs used to scare off Somali pirates in Africa

The best use of Britney Spears’ music.

Rolling Stone: Patti Smith remembers Lou Reed as “a very special poet”

Rolling Stone: Eminem will sit for an intimate fan Q&A on SiriusXM

SPIN Magazine: Hear Eminem and Rihanna wrestle insanity on #MMLP2 song “The Monster”

SPIN Magazine: See Queens of the Stone Age’s freaky “Vampyre of Time & Memory” teaser

As always, if you have any pertinent music news, or want us to post more about a certain artist/band/genre/magazine, let us know in the comments section!

Here’s some music for your time:

Edit: I apologize for the above video not being able to play on WordPress. I likely will try to contact Vevo and see why the videos won’t play on WordPress, but they will play on Facebook and Twitter.

October 15th: Music News

Here is a round up of music news from various outlets! If there is a particular magazine, website, or other medium I should include in this list, please let me know!

Alternative Press: Song Premiere and interview: 3OH!3, “Turn The Night On”

Buzzfeed: 17 Rappers Who Had Surprising Past Lives

Highlight Magazine: Fall Out Boy Release “Just One Yesterday” (Feat. Foxes) Music Video

Kerrang!: The ‘KERRANG TOUR 2014’ is selling out fast!

NME: Arcade Fire reveal lyrics to four ‘Reflektor’ album tracks

Rolling Stone: Snoop Dogg/Lion has renamed himself yet again for a new project /ugh

SPIN Magazine: ‘Britney Jean’ is the title of Britney Spears’ new album

SPIN Magazine: Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla” video is a stripper soap opera starring Freida Pinto (Sort of NSFW)

What music news the past day, week, or month has interested you the most?

Here’s a picture of a musical bear for your time:

His music helped shape a generation. The non-conformist brother of Smokey The Bear.

His music helped shape a generation. The non-conformist brother of Smokey The Bear.

 

Sinead O’Connor Writes Two More Open Letters To Miley Cyrus

This is starting to get intense. Apparently Miley Cyrus ‘retweeted’ tweets of Sinead’s from over two years ago to show that Sinead has recently been ‘wild’ and ‘uncouth’ as well, but Sinead argues that she was in the midst of seeking medical help for mental issues. This is likely the last time I’ll post about this until there’s a resolution because I really dislike posting about Miley Cyrus. I’m only posting these because I believe Sinead initially was talking to young women, not just Miley Cyrus. But it’s seemingly becoming more and more personal with more pokes and prods from Ms. Cyrus.

These are Sinead O’Connor’s words, so disregard any grammatical or spelling mistakes.

Here is the 2nd open letter to Miley; NSFW language, but we’re all adults so I wouldn’t worry about it:

(Source for both: Sinead’s FB account)

ANOTHER OPEN LETTER TO MILEY CYRUS

Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.

Meet Miley Cyrus

Meet Miley Cyrus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me.
I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.

It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.
Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance.

I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.

Miley Cyrus at MMVA Soundcheck.

Miley Cyrus at MMVA Soundcheck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is the third open letter:

Third letter to Miley

Miley

I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you. You had plenty of time yesterday to abuse Amanda Bynes .. an entirely innocent party.. and myself.. who also did nothing to deserve your abuse.. along with every other sufferer of mental health problems and every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests. 

You can take five minutes today between g- string fuckin’ changes to publicly apologise and remove your abusive tweets. If you do not then you don’t give a shit who you mock and what damage you do by being so ignorant. 
When you publicly apologise to Amanda and myself and all mental health sufferers as well as all who were abused by priests that will end the matter as far as I am concerned.

what you did yesterday was designed to damage me and my career and has caused me enormous distress and harassment and has potential to damage my career, since you deliberately gave the impression those tweets of mine were not two years old but reflect my current condition. If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness. 

I have no interest in or desire to cause you trouble but if you do not apologise for having deliberately tried to cause me hurt and trouble personally and professionally I will have to bring pressure upon you. 
When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I’ll be happy to visit you.. and would not lower myself to mock you. 
Be a proper woman and make the public apologies I have listed above. Your hosting SNL is a bullshit reason for not taking five minutes to do the right thing and your behaviour yesterday will rebound upon you very badly. 

You have no business abusing Amanda Bynes or anyone else. How do you think you made her feel yesterday? How do you feel when your friend Britney Spears is mocked and humiliated for having had mental health problems? I know I personally want to bash those who treat her that way. If she is your friend and more importantly if you are a true friend to her.. you ought apologise for joining those who mock and humiliate women who have been too nice frankly, to manage the music business without sensibly losing their minds.

Cease behaving in an anti-female capacity. You will become the victim of it shortly. Soon it will be you the media ‘crazy’ .. and you will not enjoy it.. and you will appreciate people (like myself) standing up for you. Which I will be happy to do.. if you earn my respect today by apologising publicly.

Welp. That’s that.

What’s your opinion on the situation? Should Sinead just shut up, or should Miley Cyrus grow up?

October 2nd: Music News

Here is some music news for October 2nd.

Alternative Press: New Found Glory Premieres “Connect the Dots” Video

Alternative Press: Allison Weiss, “I Don’t Want To Get Over You” (Magnetic Fields cover)

Buzzfeed: Aaron Paul has a new Britney-eqsue single

(Seriously the past seven to ten music ‘stories’ have been about Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears on Buzzfeed Music. It’s really depressing. Spread the out the news on different, and legitimate, artists. I’m only posting that story because Aaron Paul is the man.)

Highlight Magazine: New issue of ‘Highlight Magazine’ out soon. It’s an online magazine, incase you did not know.

 

 

Kerrang!: The Kerrang! Tour 2014

NME: Paul McCartney: ‘I’d love to work with Thom Yorke’

NME: What are the UK’s top 40 bestselling albums of the year so far?

Rolling Stone: Joan Jett tells us about writing with Dave Grohl and why social media has robbed show business of its “mystique”

(Not a fan of people dissing Social Media when it comes to music; sure there are some that ruin it, but social media helps smaller artists and bands get more of a following. It also is a great way to interact with fans personally.)

SPIN Magazine: Stream Parquet Courts’ feral ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’ EP

SPIN Magazine: DANNY BROWN’s ‘Old’ marks the end of the pill-popping party

If you have any pertinent music news that was not listed, please comment and I’ll add it.