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Just a few weeks ago, Miley Cyrus released her 6th studio album, ‘Younger Now.’ It’s been two years since her last album; when her crazy, uninhibited, and controversial persona was in full swing. But, this album, Younger Now, is different. It’s a very breezy, organic pop-rock album with heavy country influences. Although this album is so much more toned down than her work in the past few years, it has a disingenuous feel to it. As if she’s trying a bit too hard to be easily consumable by the public, as to be the polar opposite of her last two albums. This motive behind the album contradicts a very respectable aspect of her personality; her unapologetic individuality.
Miley has been known to have strong vocals, but she’s never been the strongest of songwriters, in my opinion. This album is no exception. I think the lyrics are bland and weak, and are written simply to be pleasing to the ear rather than meaningful. For example, in the title track, ‘Younger Now’, the chorus repeats “No one stays the same (oh, oh)/ You know what goes up must come down (oh, oh)/ Change is a thing you can count on (oh, oh)/ I feel so much younger now (oh, oh)”. Although catchy, these aren’t the deepest of lyrics. Personally, I really appreciate strong or clever lyricism in songs and Miley’s lyrics often seem very obviously cliche and simple.
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Rainbowland (feat. Dolly Parton)– This is one of the more country influenced tracks on the album, and has a very personal, sentimental feel to it. Of course, Dolly is amazing as always. It’s a feel good, simple happy tune and there’s nothing more to it.
Thinkin’– This is another traditionally catchy and repetitive song, but has a cool bass and an addictive rhythm. But, I know that if I listen to it too much, I’ll get tired of the repeated melodies and phrases. For now, it is one of my go to pump up songs.
I feel like she has squandered her potential with this album. Yes, it is catchy and many of the tracks are a fun listen. But, her powerful voice can do much more. For example, in between albums in 2012, she released a series of covers including ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton and ‘Lilac Wine’ by Jeff Buckley. Those covers went viral and really showcased what she had to offer. Although Younger Now definitely has more musical quality than Bangerz and Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, it seems to have fallen flat and left me a bit disappointed.
Check out the album on Apple Music and Spotify
Boston University Class of 2020 ● Just a little music obsessed