Fans asked and she delivered – Miley Cyrus’ highly anticipated rock album, “Plastic Hearts” is a tribute to every version of herself. With mixed reviews, critics saw the album as a relentless quest to hide the image of his past, a way for Cyrus to shamefully cover up the awkward and questionable era of Bangerz, but quite the opposite. The 28-year-old embraces her rockstar fame with Hannah Montana, the psychedelic weirdness that Miley Cyrus and the Dead Petz were, and even the Younger Now era of contemporary ballads. This time around, Cyrus acknowledges her upbringing covered by the tabloids and everything in between, rebranding herself as the ’80s punk rock princess.
However, this is not just another era of Cyrus. On her album “Can’t Be Tamed”, she covers Poison’s 1988 song “Every Rose has Its Thorn”, but something was clearly missing. In 2012, Cyrus took over the ballad “Jolene” from Dolly Parton (Cyrus’ godmother), but it still felt like a naive attempt by the former pop star. Eight years later, Cyrus made a resurgence over the summer with his Blondie cover of “Heart of Glass”, and essentially proved to the world her growth as a singer and hinted at her featured rock star potential. throughout the next album.
With influences from alternative and classic 80s rock, the album features characteristics of rock and roll greats like Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Stevie Nicks. Still, the characteristics don’t underestimate Cyrus and instead highlight his ability to embrace and generously succeed in any genre as an artist.
However successful the reintroduction of these sounds is, what strikes most is the personality of the album. Cyrus shows a humility that is not traditionally seen in his work, which makes the album personal, authentic and vulnerable. She exhibits these qualities quickly with the opening lines of the album: “I’m not trying to have another conversation: I’m probably not going to want to play myself on your station. The singer embraces these insecurities of not being taken seriously as an artist. She discusses the recognition of her identity in “Never Be Me”. “If you are looking for a stable it will never be me, if you are looking for devotees it will never be me.” She even hints at her past, being a role model for kids and simultaneously growing up in the limelight with every wrong move covering the tabloids, “They say it’s bad karma when you live a double life,” he said. she stated in Bad Karma with Joan Jett.
Despite this, Cyrus is emerging from a 10-year relationship and divorce from Liam Hemsworth, and his album covers that relationship with a prospect of maturity and growth. Cyrus’ once famous anthem, “Wrecking Ball”, is shameful with the chorus of “Hate Me”. “Would it be too hard to say goodbye?” Hope that is enough to make you cry / maybe that day you won’t hate me. “High,” is a sweet ballad, darkly reflecting on her relationship, “Sometimes I stay awake all night because you never speak to me in my dreams. And I think you finally got me.
“Golden G String” is the last song on the album and is the perfect bow on Miley’s giveaway. This is the incarnation of Cyrus that comes full circle, “He told me I had to cover it so I went the other way, I was trying to own my power, I was trying to work it out. less, that gives the paper something to talk about, “the artist says. In the album, Cyrus recaptures the power that was once taken from her. Reflecting on the judgment she received as a teenager for kissing his body. and asked the question, would the same feeling be said to me today? From a broader perspective, she questions the male gaze, “But oh, that’s just the world we live in, the old boys are holding all the cards and they’re not playing gin. And you dare call me crazy, have you looked around this place. The song is said to have been written in 2017 or 2018 and was inspired by Donald Trump’s famous quote from 2016, “Grab em ‘by the pussy”.
2020 was not the ideal year: the coronavirus, deadly hornets, forest fires and all the unthinkable plagued her. Yet in the midst of it all, Miley Cyrus might have saved rock and roll.