Review: Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

Categories:  The Arts    Music
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 12:45 PM
Review: Miley Cyrus – Younger Now by Dakota Palmer

                                          Rating: ★★★★☆

Last Friday, Miley Cyrus released her sixth studio album, “Younger Now,” and it’s safe to say Cyrus is leaving behind her days of grinding on Robin Thicke and moving on to planning a wedding with Liam Hemsworth.

This album is the first she’s released since “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz” in 2015, and thankfully, there are a number of differences between the two releases.

This album is full of thoughtful lyrics, mainstream themes and well...normalcy.

The title track is a solid opener for the album, beginning with, “Feels like I just woke up/Like all this time I’ve been asleep.” The whole song is about change being a positive thing and how not everyone stays the same. Its slow tempo is far from boring, with a pretty acoustic guitar and drumbeat in the background.

“Malibu” was the first single from the album, making its debut on May 11. This song is definitely one of the best on the album, both for its musical quality and sweet lyrics. The instrumentals are very relaxing, with a simple guitar riff beginning the song. Paired with Cyrus’ warm vocals, the song becomes a soft, sweet, summer jam.

The imagery and emotion really push this song to its full potential. Some of the last lines in the song are: “We are just like the waves that flow back and forth/Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning and you’re there to save me/And I wanna thank you with all of my heart/A brand new start/A dream come true in Malibu,” which we can probably interpret as a brand new start with her music, career and relationship with Hemsworth.

“Thinkin’” is another great song with a jealousy-driven Cyrus taking over. The song reminds me a lot of Pink’s “Get the Party Started” or No Doubt’s “Hella Good.” It has a really great early-2000s vibe, with a killer bassline and sly guitar riff that pull the song together and add a lot of character to it. This song is certainly a hit because of its unique disco/party sound that artists rarely use in this decade anymore.

“Love Someone” is about a failed relationship and Cyrus’ realization that a person was never good for her. This song has another simplistic guitar riff, one reminiscent of the famous guitar in “Andy, You’re a Star” by The Killers, that really hammers home her point that she hates this person.

The whole album has a southern vibe to it that isn’t quite country, but is also more than just pop. It’s not an overly complicated album, but the simple characteristics that it has culminate to produce one album that is far from simple.

This album encompasses the growing up Cyrus has seemingly done in the past few years, detaching herself from both Hannah Montana and Crazy Miley.

Standout tracks: "Malibu," "Thinkin'" and "Bad Mood"

Stream "Younger Now " below: 

Dakota Palmer is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at 

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