On Tuesday (October 8), she released her fourth album, Bangerz, but in a way, it should be considered a debut album, since this is a Miley Cyrus we have never seen before. The “Miley: The Movement” star has completely shed her Hannah Montana image. In its place is a 20-year-old that is confident, focused and knows exactly what she wants.
Cyrus holds nothing back on Bangerz, as she blends pop, hip-hop and even a little country over sweeping ballads and club-ready tracks. There is no question that Miley can really sing, as she shows off her impressive vocals. The album is interlaced with features including Britney Spears, Future, Big Sean and Nelly, proving not only to her fans, but critics, exactly what kind of artist she intends to be.
Smilers have already listened to the lead tracks, “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” countless times, but there is much more to Bangerz, which is why MTV News has broken down four more tracks you need to listen to.
“SMS (Bangerz)” Featuring Britney Spears
Former Disney stars Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears join forces on the Mike Will Made It-produced track, “SMS.” With a beat reminiscent to Salt-n-Pepa’s 1987 hit, “Push It,” the girls “strut their stuff” over a heavy beat. Miley kicks it off by rapping, “They ask me how I keep a man/ I keep a battery pack.” Britney then brings in her signature vocals, taking over the mic, with memorable lines including, “You know I’m on that meow/quick to scratch your eyes out.”
The collaboration was a dream come true for the singer, who has made it no secret that she’s always been a big fan of Britney’s.
“She loves Britney, she idolizes her, so, for her, working with her was literally #1 on her list of things to get done on the album,” Larry Rudolph, Spears and Cyrus’ manager, told MTV News. “So it was this moment when these two superstars came together and were in the studio together. It was great.”
“FU” Featuring French Montana
It’s angry, soulful and rebellious. “FU” combines jazz and EDM over a hard-hitting, dramatic beat that has Miley channeling her inner Kelly Clarkson. The song gives girls a new kiss-off anthem for any guy that has done them wrong. Props to Miley for her use of acronyms “SMH” and “LOL,” driving home her message.
“I don’t really have much to say/I was over it the second that I saw her name/I got two letters for you/one of them’s F and the other one’s U/’Cause what you gotta do, is go get yourself a clue,” Miley sings on the track.
“#GETITRIGHT” is a sunny, addictive, laid-back groove with a mellow beat that makes you want to sing along. The Pharrell-produced song has Miley’s vocals encompassing the vibe as she brings out her southern twang to sing on the sexy, down-and-dirty track.
“I’m dancing in the mirror/I feel like I got no panties on/I wish that I could feel ya/So hurry, hang up that damn phone,” she sings.
“Maybe You’re Right”
One of the many songs on the album that deals with love and heartbreak, “Maybe You’re Right,” shows off Miley’s striking vocals over a drum-beat as she weaves a chapter-by-chapter love story — which she ultimately leaves behind.
“Trying to figure out chapter three/But you’re not giving me anything/this is what we are, then I gotta move on/you think this is everything, but this is no book of love,” she sings on the power ballad.
Since Miley recently went through her own breakup with ex fiancé Liam Hemsworth, fans may assume that this is a glimpse into what went wrong, but interpret all you want, because as Miley says on the track, “this chapter’s done.”
What is your favorite song off Bangerz? Let us know in the comments below!