Miley Cyrus' “Younger Now” is an opposite WarHead: sweet on the outside, sour on the inside.
At first, the songs come to you with their melodies and tunes with a taste of nostalgia to the slow songs of Miley’s Hannah Montana stage. Essentially, according to her interviews, that is one of the main goals of the album. To go back to the remainders of her innocence and childhood, a vital part of who she is. From this stems her style, her attitude and her everyday persona which she says she had lost. The single from her the album’s namesake is one of the best singles from the entire album, maintaining the pop melody and rhythm while putting her sentimental lyrics in the mass. “You know what goes up must come down, Change is a thing you can count on “ she sings, referencing to age but, also the rollercoaster that has been her career the past few years. No one has been able to forget the infamous 2013 Robin Thicke VMA performance, one that has resonated with everyone as a pop career descending down to another burnout..except not.
The brand new album holds songs such as “ Rainbowland” and “Inspired,” songs that are meant to be anthems for the new generation of “Happy Hippies”.Yet looking deeper into the lyrics and songs, you begin to realize that the extremely sentimental and deep lyrics only seem to have a shallow affect. “Rainbowland”, the song performed with her godmother Dolly Parton is one of the few of the whole album that genuinely makes you want to smile in some capacity or other.
Although Miley is attempting to revamp her image, it is hard to separate her from her very public, storied, past. When referencing her previous album, “Bangerz”, she speaks of a completely different person who did not know where they were going in life as far as identity. However, her “Bangerz” era was borrowing in vast amounts aspects of Black Culture and trying to approach and receive the same praise for it. Her music videos and performances from that time are not easy to forget because it only lasted a few months, until it was no longer profitable, or rather more profitable to be white.
“Miss You So Much” is one of the only songs off the album that manage to show off Cyrus’ vocal talents and capability with lyrics that match her own sense of style and what she wants to perceive herself as. In totality, however, “Younger Now” leaves the listener with a sensing feeling of having wasted an hour of your life on something Hannah Montana could’ve given you in half an hour 8 years ago.
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