If there is one non-controversial statement about Disney child star turned adult human being Miley Cyrus, it's that people love to talk about her. People love panning her, and they love coming to her defense. People love speculating about why we care about Miley, and others talk at length about how they don't care about Miley. But they're talking. And when a highly-discussed artist releases an album, especially one called Bangerz, folks are — surprise! — going to keep on talking.
We've rounded up the most interesting reviews of Miley's new voyage into her adult sound — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Will the critics separate Miley, the spectacle from Miley, the musician? Read on to find out.
Billboard Gives Bangerz 70/100
While Billboard's Jason Lipshutz's review is lightly critical, it's overwhelmingly positive.
Sometimes, the 20-year-old's vision needs to be adjusted, as on the manic French Montana collaboration "FU" and on "Someone Else," which feels like the album's hundredth dramatic breakup song and plays for nearly five minutes. But more often than not, Cyrus' daring attitude guides her to invention [...] Could Cyrus fashion a long musical run based on these big-hearted roof-rattlers? Probably, yes.
New York Daily News Gives Bangerz 2/5
Jim Farber gets a little fuddy-duddy over at NYDN, saying that "there's sobering news for Miley Cyrus on her just-leaked new CD: There's no audio equivalent to twerking."
Passages like [album tracks "FU" and "Get It Right"] suggest Miley could have come up with an album that has more of the musicality of her vocal peers, like Ariana Grande or Demi Lovato. But, it seems, she has already chosen her road. And it's one geared more to provoke that to move.
The review calls Dirty South music "wizened," but also implies that twerking is a new phenomenon. Hmm.
Entertainment Weekly Gives Bangerz an A-
In a stark contrast to the NYDN review, Nick Catucci at EW says that the album " is more than just publicity, it's fantastic":
Bangerz, executive-produced by shrewd Atlanta beatmaker Mike Will Made It, is the onetime Disney star's fourth studio album, but her first as the master of her own destiny and — with the two lead singles already landing at No. 1 — a pacesetter in music. It's also utterly fresh, a pop blitz from a hip-hop blueprint, and proof that Miley won't settle for just shocking us.
USA Today Gives Bangerz 2/4
Elysa Gardner at USA Today calls Bangerz "a collection of competent, mostly generic tunes that juggle self-conscious sass with glimmers of earnestness":
After all this time, crying in public may come naturally to Cyrus. But in its predictable mediocrity, Bangerz gives her, and her followers, nothing to feel bad about.
MTV Gives Bangerz Very Little Judgement
James Montgomery over at MTV suggests that "perhaps everything you think you know about Miley may be wrong":
Based on these sneak peeks, this is going to be an album that surprises plenty of folks, and proves that perhaps you've underestimated Miley up to this point. That's all just conjecture, of course.
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