Miley Cyrus has returned to her classic country pop roots for her latest album.
“Malibu” did signifcally signal a different Miley to the controversial ‘Bangerz’ Miley that people had come to expect.
She has stripped everything back and the result is a pure fun listening adventure.
The theme of the album signals a Miley who is at peace with herself and one that is happier than ever. She feels much more “Younger Now”.
It’s clear that Liam Hemsworth has given her pure joy on tracks like “Week Without You”, “Miss You so Much”, “I Would Die for You” and of course “Malibu”. It’s nice to see Miley happy in love and spreading her elation through some seriously beautiful tracks.
Miley has also always been one to fight for injustice and inequality and this album is no different. She has penned two tracks dedicated to the current state of the world. She’s even brought in godmother, Dolly Parton to spread the message on “Rainbowland” along with honourable mentions on how her father, Billy Ray Cyrus gives her inspiration on beautiful closing track “Inspired”.
There’s still some time spent dealing with sadness on the 11 track album with the singer singing about her insecurities on the catchy “Thinkin'” along with some relationship issues on the raspy “Love Someone” and the touching “She’s not Him”.
“Bad Mood” fits into this paradigm as Miley battles the blues and is both lyrically and sonically amazing. It channels Native American sounds and is just pure joy to listen to.
Verdict: Miley has truly ditched her controversial ways by embracing her past and finding inner peace. She’s got a new youthful outlook on life that involves delving deeper into her cultural roots and spreading the love to a broken world.
Overall Rating: 8/10
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