Bangerz is the kind of music that you can’t help but feel a little guilty for enjoying, so you keep it to yourself and listen to it in private. Miley Cyrus has created something addictive and taboo, like musical crack that feels too good to resist.
Bangerz is a collection of tracks that showcase the dichotomy of a young adult’s life- one moment they are self-aware and living their wildest life, while at others, they’re experiencing heartbreak and disappointment. Songs like “SMS (Bangerz)” and “Love, Money, Party” exhibit a carefree attitude, while others like “Wrecking Ball” and “Maybe You’re Right” show the pain of lost love. The standout tracks on the album are “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” which have universal appeal. The album also has a Southern hip-hop influence, with Cyrus even attempting some rap, albeit not her best lyrical work. Although the lyrics may not be profound, with mentions of things like suspect text messages and choosing a vibrator over a boyfriend, one can appreciate Cyrus’s singing abilities in tracks like “FU.” It should come as no surprise that this album isn’t meant to be deep, and fans of Cyrus won’t be disappointed.
Miley Cyrus has been the talk of the town ever since her controversial VMA performance. Fans and critics alike have been eagerly anticipating the release of her fourth studio album, Bangerz. The album showcases her transformation from the wholesome Disney persona of Hannah Montana to the edgier Miley 2.0, complete with grills and peroxide buns. However, those who are shocked by her transformation should realize that Cyrus is simply a product of the “me generation.” This generation is known for its bizarre and self-aware behavior, which Cyrus embodies perfectly. Her fashion choices, such as the revival of the “Pretty Woman” hooker dress and super-stacked platform shoes, showcase her controlled rebellion of confidence and independence. Interestingly, Cyrus’ red carpet outfits can easily be replicated through stores like Forever 21 and GoJane. And while some may find her dancing risque, it’s nothing compared to what can be seen on Sixth Street on any given Thursday night. Despite the controversy surrounding her, Cyrus continues to showcase her unique personality and style, proving that she is indeed a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
To be honest, Cyrus has received a lot of criticism because her new image is not considered to be Sexy. If we go back to the VMAs, we can see Cyrus playing around with long hair that is obviously fake and sticking out her famous tongue while coming out of a teddy bear. It’s a strange and silly performance that lacks any sense of sensuality. In contrast, pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have “matured” by giving revealing performances. Do you remember Spears’ nude and crystal bodysuit at the 2000 VMAs? It was shocking at the time, but it was deemed acceptable because she exuded Sexual appeal.
The current version of Cyrus has surpassed the traditional idea of “Sexy” and has reached a point of saturation. In her song “4 x 4,” she sings about speeding and almost urinating on herself, which is not typically considered Sexy. Furthermore, her strong Southern accent detracts from her appeal. Nevertheless, Bangerz demonstrates that there is space in pop music for unconventional women wearing fuzzy costumes and creepers, even among those who sport crystal biκinis and long blonde hair. Cyrus is becoming a formidable presence. She is unapologetically herself and does not care what others think. At the end of the day, she’s simply being Miley.