Bangerz: Achy Breaky Star

Composer: Miley Cyrus

Rating: ***1/2

Hannah Montana avatar of the "smiley Miley" to her twerking, controversial version. Enough has been said, written and tweeted about it. Amid all the controversies and homilies, 20-year-old Cyrus surprised us with her fourth studio album Bangerz – definitely in a good way. Crew cuts and pierced whatnots apart, the girl can really sing.

Bangerz as an album has a wide scope, with pop, electronic dance music, rap, dance and even good ol' country making an appearance,along with an impressive range of producers, right from Cirkut and Pharrell Williams to Will.i.am. The album has 13 tracks, and we were hooked from the word go. The first track Adore you, is a sparsely composed number, where staccato beats and Cyrus' strong, raspy voice take you along. The next We can't stop, is a fresh take on the glossy electro-pop as Cyrus croons, "To my home girls here with the big butt/ Shaking it like we at a strip club/ Remember only God can judge ya/ Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya..." The next numbers SMS (Bangerz) featuring Britney Spears, and 4×4 featuring Nelly crank up the tempo of the album.

While My Darlin' digresses slightly to the teen popstar mould, Wrecking ball is Cyrus' version of a coming-of-age ballad (we shall not comment on the video), where she lets it all out with her powerful vocals. The song is produced by Dr Luke and Cirkut, and the results portray Cyrus' confusion and struggle with the dual personalities she seems to have been caught up with.

The album dips a little, in terms of the tempo with the next tracks Love money party and #GETITRIGHT, but recovers slightly with Drive. FU featuring French Montana and produced by Afuni is a smart, pop number, replete with internet slang. Definitely one of our favourites. While Do my thang and Maybe you're right are a little too angsty for our taste, Someone else is a faster number, with resonating electronic beats and a slight '80s pop flavour.

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