Why Miley’s album is a Tater Not
In sports, they say “statistics don’t lie, but they never tell the whole story.” When I’m talking about music, I change that saying to “the music doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.” And that is especially true for Miley Cyrus’s fourth studio album.
But where do I begin? Miley has had one pretty strange year, and it’s not even over. Everyone’s view of the former innocent Disney Channel star has turned into a view of an over-sexualized, over-marketed party girl with a ‘Parental Advisory’ sticker on her new album.
But it could be a whole lot worse for Miley. She could still be completely under the pop culture radar, most of America still forgetting about her and teens still remembering her just as “Hannah Montana.” Yet she managed to release one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Miley’s actual music is completely irrelevant at this point, but I’ll get to that later.
“Bangerz” was released under RCA Records on October 4, 2013. Miley Cyrus and “Mike Will Made-It” are credited with being executive producers, and over 30 writers are credited for the tracks on the album. It debuted #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling 270,000 copies.
Miley’s (Album) Mess
“Bangerz” was titled under the idea that all of the tracks on the album were, in fact, “bangers.” I can’t say I agree. If I were to title this album as to summarize the tracks, I probably would have titled it “Awkward” or “What?”.
This album makes no sense to me musically. Miley is trying so hard, too hard in fact, to try and be as cool as possible. And she seems to think that cursing, rapping, and drug references will help her do so. If there were a Grammy for “Good Effort,” Miley would win. She is trying so hard on this album that I almost feel bad. Almost.
By the end of the album, I didn’t even know what genre “Bangerz” would be put in. It’s trying to be hip-hop (“Do My Thang” and “FU”), rap (“Love, Money, Party”), it’s mainly pop, but also tries to sample country (“4×4”). Her songs bring nothing new or innovative, and her lyrics are nothing special.
There is nothing about this album that would make me want to say, “Wow, this is good music!”. And music should make listeners want to say that. The worst part about it is that we know Miley is an incredible singer, and we know she can make somewhat decent pop music.
“Miley’s definitely super talented, there’s no denying it. It’s just bothersome that she has to go through all these antics to try and prove herself,” said Senior Jessica Noe.
Why the music doesn’t matter
But “Bangerz” is hardly about the music. Miley and (more so) her management probably couldn’t care any less how the music stacks up quality-wise. “Bangerz” went #1 on the Billboard charts and Miley herself has staged what has probably been the biggest comeback of the year. Whether it be a positive comeback or not, that is up to you to decide.
But ultimately, Miley’s all over the place album left little to take away except maybe a few made-for-radio pop anthems. I applaud her effort to be cool and her amazingly clever marketing campaign, but it has to be about the music.
And with this one, folks, Miley’s “Bangerz” is a Tater Not. She’ll have to deliver a little more next time around to walk away with her deep-fried miniature potatoes.