Label: RCA Records
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Reviewed by: Todd "Toddstar" Jolicoeur
I wasn't sure that I really wanted to listen to this disc, as Miley has never really been someone on my radar. With all of the controversy surrounding her lately, I figured it might by fun to witness the train wreck. The disc opens with "Adore You," a slow tempo groove that grabbed my attention. I really like the feel and lyrics of the track, along with the vocals. Lead single "We Can't Stop" has the same attention grabbing vibe, just a bit faster and less R&B. The lyrics are adult, but I don't think she is still shooting for the HM crowd. "My Darlin" is the sibling piece to the disc opener. The addition of rapper Future on this track gives it a different feel while maintaining the groove from the former track.
Recent single "Wrecking Ball" is a track that features a mellow vibe as well as an anthem style chorus. The blending of these two styles helps give some flow between the tracks that helps blend the different textures on the disc. "#GETITRIGHT" has a fun groove to it that shines due to the production that allows Miley to have a little fun with her lead vocals as well as the layering of background vocals. "FU," which features French Montana, is another track in the same vein that is just fun to listen to as it plays out. "Maybe You're Right" has a vibe that lends itself to different areas of the disc, but helps keep the disc cohesive by adding a little depth. "4X4" featuring Nelly is another track that features a different feel to it, with a country/hip-hop flare that fares well.
Party tracks like "SMS (BANGERZ)," and "Love Money Party," which feature Britney Spears and Big Sean respectively, "Do My Thang" and disc closer "Someone Else" keep the disc moving along on a certain trajectory that features slick production, adult lyrics, and grinding dance rhythms. It is clear the direction Miley and her producers wanted to go on this disc, but at least they did it with decent songs.
All of this said, there is no train wreck, but rather a decent album that is easy on the ears and an enjoyable listen. The tracks are solid, the production fun and sexy, and the vocals on the mark.