Monday, August 26, 2013

Wrecking Ball | Miley Cyrus

*A promotional image for Cyrus' upcoming album is being used due to the lack of an official single cover.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Late Saturday night, Miley Cyrus released the pre-orders page on iTunes for her new album Bangerz and, as a special surprised, also released a promotional single from the album titled "Wrecking Ball."

I've been expecting some faster-paced songs from Cyrus, but once again I was surprised once again. Her last single was a bit slower, but "Wrecking Ball" is down to ballad-status.

Although it's not what I was expecting, this is one of my favorite songs from Cyrus, beating out others like "Party in the U.S.A." and "We Can't Stop." The production and lyrics are both relatively nice and Cyrus' voice is at its best in the song. Surprisingly, her tone and attitude in this song almost seems like a step away from her new edgy personality.

I can see this song being a moderate commercial success, but I don't think it'll see the widespread popularity that "We Can't Stop" experienced. Then again, I could be wrong; it could ride off of the title wave that "We Can't Stop" made and quickly ride up the charts.

Of course, I was even surprised by the commercial success of Cyrus' last single. "We Can't Stop" thrived on shock value; if it was for the crazy video, drug references, and controversy, the song wouldn't have had such a high peak on the charts. I liked the song, but I didn't expect that everyone else would, too.

Regardless of the mess that was Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance, I'm holding out interest in Bangerz. The music, thus far, is much better than it was before and that's all I truly care about at the moment. If the majority of the work on the album is as good as "Wrecking Ball," this should be a pretty good era for Cyrus.

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