Likes: Stay, Take Me Along, My Heart Beats for Love, Can’t Be Tamed
Dislikes: Who Owns My Heart, Permanent December
Overall: I liked Miley better when she was doing the “Hannah” tunes and pop-rock. Gaga-esque techno-dance pop doesn’t suit her well.
If there was any question as to whether techno-pop is the new craze and/or an influence in mainstream music, look no further. America’s biggest money-making pop-tart, Miley Cyrus, has gone techno-dance. In true formulated, predictable form, Cyrus is attempting to “mature” her sound and has adopted the latest commercial style to keep up. If anyone should pull “commercial” off, it should be the central teen sensation. However, she doesn’t. In a recent interview with Billboard Magazine, Miley claimed that she doesn’t listen to pop music much. While I found this generally hard to believe, I wondered if she perhaps was telling the truth after listening to her 3rd record, “Can’t Be Tamed,” because of how poorly she performed dance pop. The material all seems a bit awkward and forced. The record opens with the somewhat catchy “Liberty Walk,” which may remind you of Ace of Base’s “Beautiful Life.” Lyrically, the song is solid, but musically, the song is over-produced and so futuristic that you feel like you’re in an episode of “The Jetsons.” Next is “Who Owns My Heart,” a stupid song about how she can’t tell if a guy is really into her or if he’s just lost in the music at the club. Are you kidding me?? (rolls eyes)
“Can’t Be Tamed” is a nice rebound from “Heart.” Very suitable as the title track, “Tamed” was produced well (by Rock Mafia) and the lyrics work. It may be one of the stronger songs on the album. For the next 4 tracks after “Tamed,” is lots of blah. Her cover of Poison’s “Every Rose has its Thorn” is forgettable. “Permanent December” is just plain annoying as Cyrus channels the equally annoying “Tik Tok” by Kesha by “rapping” and Madonna’s “Material Girl” musically. After “December” is the redeeming and fairly well-written “Stay,” “Scars”, “Take Me Along” and “My Heart Beats for Love.” “Stay” and “Along” was more Miley’s speed was a refreshing break from all the dance tracks. “Beats” sounds a bit like “Bleeding Love,” but surprisingly isn’t produced by the track-recycling Ryan Tedder.
By the end of the album, I was ready to sell my copy. Honestly, all I need from this album are the songs I listed as “Likes.” I didn’t enjoy this record. Miley is wearing a shoe that doesn’t fit her. Pop-rock fits her. Pop-country fits her. Not techno-pop.