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Miley Cyrus ‘Younger Now’ Album Review

Miley Cyrus goes back to her roots, but was it a success?

Anthony Moreno, Reporter

Miley Cyrus just released her sixth studio album on Friday. ‘Younger Now’ has a country pop feel and is definitely a departure from all past iterations of Cyrus.

We all know Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana. The hit Disney series went for four seasons and spawned a music superstar. After Hannah Montana ended Miley tried her best to rid her little girl persona and released, hip-hop inspired, Bangerz her 2013 album. Bangerz was surely a controversial time for Miley, which included a VMA performance and a wrecking ball. This controversy garnered Cyrus her very first Grammy nomination. In 2015 she released a free album on Soundcloud entitled “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz”. Dead Petz was another change of persona for Miley showcasing a more hippy and alternative sound. Now two years later Miley has changed once again.

When Miley released the first single Malibu in May of this year fans knew this was a huge change for them but a somewhat homecoming for Cyrus. Miley, who grew up in Nashville, Tennessee has always kept country close to her heart. This was further showcased when she released her title track as her second single. Younger Now is a song about acknowledging her past and saying it’s okay to change.

The eleven track album, which is assisted with a Dolly Parton feature, has some perfect music moments, but can also be a little confusing. On tracks like ‘Miss You So Much’ and ‘I Would Die For You’, Miley’s lyrics are very powerful. She knows exactly what she wants to say and is not afraid to embrace just how much love she has for this person. On other songs like Thinkin’ her lyrics seem lazy. Younger Now is all written by Miley Cyrus herself which in today’s music scene is pretty unheard of. Although the album sometimes feels lazy the message of unity and hopefulness is always front and center. Younger Now is a great addition to Cyrus’ discography, but not her best.

Miley has just told us that she is a person just like the rest of us. With her public persona, she clearly has changed drastically but no more than someone who is not in the public eye. We can all take a note from Miley, “change is a thing we can count on.”

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