Miley Cyrus: “Younger Now” Album Review

Written By: Brandon Basile 

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A Victory For Youth

Originality: (3.0 / 5)
Vocals/Flow: (4.0 / 5)
Lyrics: (3.0 / 5)
Production: (5.0 / 5)
Average: (3.8 / 5)

Stop looking at her butt! We know it is one of the weirdest conundrums of the world to even attempt to ponder if it exists or not. So just stop hurting your brain and leave it be. We’ll probably find Bigfoot before we find any fat cheeks on Miley’s back side so let’s just be happy that she’s such a great singer because that is the reason why she’s a celebrity, right? Or was it something else? The former Disney child star turned your-favorite-white-girl-to-hate has grown accustomed to the tabloids and paparazzi talking rumors about her life.  If you’ve had an opinion in the past 4 or 5 years it has definitely come in contact and influence by talk of Little Miss Miley one way or another.  She is notorious for the usual rebellious streak that has come to be expected of Disney dragons upon maturing and though everyone has had something to say about how she should be living her life since her explosion into mainstream infamy with her rap crossover fourth album Bangerz, she has still continued recording regardless of the managed to release her 8th album, Younger Days, to us for our listening pleasure on September 29th, 2017.  Some artists truly flourish under the scrutinous eye of the media. Does Hannah still have the Montana or was it all just country grammar?

Though we’re still unsure exactly how extensive Miley’s skills with a guitar truly go, Younger Days has some well written songs.  The songs are calming and at times pastoral as Miley leans back on her pop, country, and folk roots taking a transition from the hip-hop bass thumps of her Bangerz days.  It would seem that Miley’s constant tabloid pushed her to a point of growth and re-finding of self as she sings on the title and opening track:

No one stays the same

You know what goes comes back around

Change is a thing you can count on

I feel so much younger now

“Younger Now” is probably one of the most heavily pop produced track whereas most of the others are driven more by rhythmic guitar melodies written with her long time collaborator and co-producer, Oren Yoel.  “Rainbowland” is a hearty feel good country song featuring Cyrus’s godmother the country music legend, Dolly Parton.  Cyrus draws parallels between romantic longing and gospel spirituality in “Miss You So Much” as the song changes from a song about missing a lover to a longing for something more and she chants:

                   You’re my God, you’re my faith

                   On my knees, I look at you and I revere

                   You can take my blood, take my bones

                   My heart is yours, I volunteer

                   But how can I miss you so much   

                   When you’re right here?

Miley Cyrus had an eventful childhood that brought her attention that most of us will never encounter in our lives. The fame life made her childhood youth a kind of something worth getting back to and if she can hold onto her inner Kanye for longer then she can continue to be one of our most talked about people for savory reasons than half nude award show shenanigans. Who does she think she is? Prince? Younger Days still has the pop vibes reminiscent to her smash “Party In The USA” with new songs like “Malibu” and “Thinkin” so let’s just let the pop princess that we created live her life like it’s golden.