The provocative, compulsive-twerking, tongue-bearing Miley Cyrus of 2013 is hardly recognisable in new record, Younger Now.
The 11-track effort is a leap in maturity from 2015’s scarring Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz and sees Cyrus return to her country roots. At face value the rejuvenation is heart-warming and, quite frankly, a relief. Sadly, it’s all become a bit too tame by the 24-year-old.
‘I Would Die For You’ is as convincing a ballad as you will hear this year and seems a dead-ringer for the next single
Lead single ‘Malibu’ along with tracks ‘Week Without You’ and ‘She’s Not Him’ are touching efforts whose stripped-back instrumentals make for a calming listen. Meanwhile, ‘I Would Die For You’ is as convincing a ballad as you will hear this year and seems a dead-ringer for the next single.
Aside from that handful of songs there is little that leaves a lasting impression. It’s hard not to draw comparisons to Kesha’s summer release Rainbow. The Tik-Tok-singer has also re-marketed herself with a story of growth but still allowed herself to let loose with guitar riffs and cusses as well as tracks of heart-felt reflection on her impressive album. Where Rainbow left us squealing with delight, Younger Now is far too one-dimensional.
Younger Now isn’t a bad album but it’s a way off brilliant.
Dolly Parton is roped in for a failed attempt at adding a country-authenticity to ‘Rainbowland’ and the journey from track seven, ‘Thinkin’, to the closing ‘Inspired’ is easily forgotten.
Younger Now isn’t a bad album but it’s a way off brilliant. The wild Miley of old may have been incredibly annoying but the likes of ‘We Can’t Stop’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’ had us talking for months. Her new sound is momentarily refreshing but maybe we want twerky-Cyrus back?