I admit that throughout my life there have been trillions of things that I do not understand and there will be many other things that I will not understand in the years that I have left to live. I'm human, that simple. One of them is a phenomenon called Miley Cyrus. I have never connected with his music and, much less, with his way of singing. I always disagreed with the way she broke with the image of the teenager who made her so famous and loved by many around the world, because it seemed excessive, something like that was not necessary. Being outside the United States, I have witnessed New Year's table talks in which the mothers, scandalized by the way in which Miley Cyrus was presented in that video with Robin Thicke plus other things previously and later presented by the singer, with In order to eliminate any vestige of her past image, they assured that, to their daughters, who had grown up watching the series of Hannah Montana, it would be strictly forbidden to follow this new character invented by the artist. I could not believe in those years (2013 I think) that it was something so important for so many people, her image appeared everywhere, and I read, watched and listened to any number of things about her. It was a flow of information, good, regular and bad, incessant and sickly. Why so much attention? It is not the first nor will it be the last, I thought. I always believed that the overexposure of her image would eventually be harmful, usually, what happens when in reality your popularity is mainly based on the stridency of your image, acts, and statements, and not the artistic work you offer your audience. Maybe in those years social networks where just knowing the magnitude of their reach and that's why all people used them as a new toy and had nothing more to discuss and that's why they paid so much attention to the drastic change of the singer. Or maybe it was because the influence exerted by her old image on teenage girls represented a danger because of the possibility of being translated as an invitation to be bad girls, I do not know. But what I do know is that, before my eyes and my ears, everything that happened around the artist was not justified by the artistic work she gave us. So, what happened there? Is it true that regardless of the quality of the product we can make millions of dollars and convert something that, in normal situations would go unnoticed, in a global success like this girl represents? Or it will be that music is just a pretext used as a vehicle to actually give people a character created based on an image and have something to say to the masses without the need to talk, sing well or say things that make sense. Because, when I listen to Younger Now I confirm that what she created has nothing to do with what her fans say about her. It does not make sense an eminently Country album, written and executed in such a basic way and with such an old scent, that people turn to love and devotion towards her as they do. Or it will be that, as I said, they do not care what she does or sings or compose, all they want is to feed of that "I do not know what". I do not know, as I write, I'm more confused.
Released in 2017, 11 tracks, 41 min
As of the late 2017 release of Younger Now, Miley Cyrus had established herself as one of the most mercurial Pop stars of her age range, certainly as ambitious as Lady Gaga, if not a little behind in a race that started before Cyrus was old enough to make mature musical decisions. This maturity developed quickly, and while she can be forgiven for the teen friendly Pop of her first several albums, it seems to me that things got halfway serious with the very commercially successful Bangerz, all the way serious with the risky experimentation but much more aesthetically complex Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, and undeniably serious, but in a drastically different way, on the Countrypolitan masterpiece Younger Now. I am a so-so Country fan as I often tell people, but am really passionate about the interesting chords and image conjuring power that neo-traditional versions can sometime possess. Cyrus’ efforts here transcend Pop, yet don’t completely bow down to a strict Country code, and rather, the Country Pop sub genre, if we can start from there as a classification, is turned on its head here through the infusion of Dream Pop, New Wave, Hippy Revivalism, Dance Pop, and Electric Rock. To be so young and to have mastered all these disparate sounds into one cohesive experience is quite a feat, one I am fully appreciating now.
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- Sep 29, 2017
- Teen Pop
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