Miley Cyrus' new album 'Bangerz': Track-by-track review
10/01/2013 by Joseph Apodaca
Miley Cyrus is ready to show the world she is all grown up with the release of her upcoming fourth studio album, "Bangerz." Cyrus' album "Bangerz," whose title derives from the notion that the 13-track LP contains "nothing but #BANGERZ" (enjoyable songs), can be streamed for free on iTunes. (Warning: the album contains expletives and explicit content). Check out a track-by-track review of Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" standard edition. 1. "Adore You" -- "Bangerz" begins on a surprisingly mid-tempo note with Cyrus singing to a lover, "When you say you need me, know I need you more." The song differs the most from her pop and hip-hop infused tracks and is a standout on the album. 2. "We Can't Stop" -- The first single off the album proved to be a hit with fans, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this year. The pop song, a standout on the album, rests comfortably among a mixed bag of other "Bangerz" offerings. 3. "SMS (Bangerz)" featuring Britney Spears -- The song, which contains a beat reminiscent of the Salt-n-Pepa hit "Push It," features Cyrus rap-singing over a hip-hop beat, confidently declaring, "I be strutting my stuff." Fans of Cyrus and Spears will enjoy the collaboration, featuring a sassy Spears singing, "Catwalk / slick talk / flirting with them big dogs." 4. "4x4" featuring Nelly -- Cyrus shows off her country side on this song, which contains accordion sounds made for line dancing. Cyrus declares, "I'm a female rebel, can't you tell?," in the song's opening and closing notes, and contains a rap bridge from St. Louis, Missouri rapper Nelly. The song, a sonic departure from the other "Bangerz" tracks, at times feels out of place. 5. "My Darlin'" featuring Future -- Sampling lyrics from the classic Ben E. King song "Stand By Me," Cyrus and Atlanta rapper Future trade off singing and rapping together in one of the odder tracks on the album. The song, a mid-tempo hip-hop track, is an interesting listen and offers a variety of sounds in its four minute duration. 6. "Wrecking Ball" -- Cyrus' vulnerability on the Dr. Luke-produced synth-pop ballad proved to be a successful follow-up to the party anthem "We Can't Stop." The song spent two week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, largely thanks to the controversial music video which contains a nude Cyrus crying and straddling a wrecking ball. 7. "Love Money Party" featuring Big Sean -- The trap-infused track is self explanatory -- Cyrus sings about love, money and partying. Los Angeles rapper Big Sean is featured on the track, one that is sure to be a hit in clubs and if released as a single. While the song is mostly a shallow hip-hop track, Cyrus' vulnerability creeps in with the lyrics, "I've been through heartbreak / As much for anybody with a human heart can take." 8. "#GETITRIGHT" -- The song, written and produced by Pharrell Williams, is a disappointing attempt for both Cyrus and Williams, who enjoyed a landmark year with feature and producing credits on the hits "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke and T.I. and "Get Lucky" with Daft Punk. The song, driven by a strumming guitar beat, stays at one, uneventful pace throughout its more than four minute duration. 9. "Drive" -- The track, rumored to be about Cyrus' personal trouble's with ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth, is a dubstep-infused power ballad that contains lyrics such as, "If our love is at the end then why do I still want you?" The track stands out next to other vulnerable moments, such as "Wrecking Ball" and "Adore You," providing the song's wobbling beat makes it stand apart from the others. 10. "FU" featuring French Montana -- Cyrus appears to experiment with Amy Winehouse-like sounds in the song's opening, in addition to current dubstep-pop elements, singing, "I told you I was weak for love / but then you went around / and did what you wanted to do". New York rapper French Montana offers little to the song with his guest verse. 11. "Do My Thang" -- Cyrus silences all of her critics, declaring, "Every single night and every single day, I'ma do my thang, I'ma do my thang." The song, which contains elements and dance pop and trap hip-hop, is sure to be an anthem among Cyrus' legion of fans and has a radio-ready sound, should the singer decide to release the track as a single. 12. "Maybe You're Right" -- The song, again, finds Cyrus pouring her heart out over a failed relationship. A stadium anthem-ready thumper, features Cyrus singing, "You might think I'm crazy / that I'm lost and foolish leaving you behind / maybe you're right." 13. "Someone Else" -- Cyrus cements her heartbreak detailed in songs prior to the closing track with this dance pop tune, singing, "If you're looking for love, know that love don't live here anymore." While the song and the album was recorded prior to Cyrus and Hemsworth calling off their engagement, it is clear Cyrus' relationship with the actor inspired much of the album's track, including its synth-heavy closer.
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