The long-awaited rock record by Miley Cyrus has finally arrived and introduces us to the best version of herself. During her Disney days as Hannah Montana’s, her target audience was teens, which is now a distant memory.
Although never taking herself seriously, she is recognized worldwide as a star. She has transitioned throughout her career mixing genres whether it be country, hip-hop, or pop.
She has been through a lot in recent years, including a public divorce and losing her home in the Malibu fires. She said in her recent Joe Rogan interview that she was sober and leading a healthier lifestyle. With roots in Tennessee, from a young age, she has cited Elvis Presley as her biggest influence.
“Plastic Hearts” is the 7th studio album from Cyrus, produced by Andrew Wyatt and Mark Ronson. Guest vocalists include Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and Dua Lipa.
The lead single “Midnight Sky” was dropped at the end of summer, in an interview with Zane Lowe she said it was inspired by her breakup with ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, declaring “The last three years, I called the cocktail of chaos, because the universe just felt like the worst bartender ever,”.
The album has been dubbed Miley’s golden ticket to rock but has strong punk elements. It has 12 tracks including the second single “Prisoner” with pop talent Dua Lipa.
The video compliments the song, where it shows both stars as Rock and Roll vampires with lots of blood.
The theme of Plastic Hearts is that of a strong independent woman. The album is glamorous, emotional and experimental. The first track, “WTF Do I know”, drives individuality with bass riffs complimenting the husky tone of her voice.
Sombre ballads on the album are “Never Be me”, “Angels Like you” and “Hate Me”. It’s full of emotion with lyrics like “It’s not your fault, I can’t be what you need”, and “I’m everything they said I would be”.
There is a lot of emotional awareness present within the lyrics and guitar riffs. It feels as though Miley has carved out her sound. The album is glistening with above-par production and 80s vibes all over each track.
It was amazing to see feminist icon Joan Jett from The Runaways do a record with Cyrus, on “Bad Karma” she brings female empowerment to another level and joining forces with Cyrus, the combination of their energies makes this track feel timeless, authentic and high spirited.
Cyrus is constantly going through reinvention, but her prowess as a distinguished vocalist, fused with her ability to transcend as an artist, remains the same. Maybe she is the rock goddess of this generation.
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