Under Review: Miley Cyrus, ‘Bangerz’

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Miley Cyrus, “Bangerz”
(RCA Records)
Available now
Rating: ★★ (out of four)

With a title like “Bangerz,” I figured we’d get some club anthems so we could twerk along with Miley Cyrus.

There’s some attempts at club bangers, but most of them totally fall flat. Take “SMS (Bangerz),” the Britney Spears-guest-starring tune and album namesake that’s just a mishmash of noise and misuse of a big-name guest star.

It’s followed by “4×4″ where Miley tells us she’s a “female rebel, can’t you tell?” (Yeah, we noticed.) Later, she sing-raps about trying not to pee her pants. Ugh. Nelly’s excellent rap verse can’t even save this car crash of a song.

“Bangerz” is an incredibly inconsistent album. Where it’s bad, it’s unlistenable. Where it’s good, it’s incredible.

Take “We Can’t Stop,” the singalong anthem that’s so prevalent that even our parents know the words (as well as, at this point, what “twerking” means). With its electro rub, banging piano melody and “nobody can tell us what to do” chorus, it’s easily one of the best songs of the year.

“Wrecking Ball” is the other familiar song. Even without the racy video, it’s a moving song about what went wrong in a relationship (and album closer “Maybe You’re Right” continues that sentiment), though the song’s weak verses mean the song as a whole doesn’t have the staying power of “We Can’t Stop.”

It’s clear that Cyrus is taking the sentiment in “We Can’t Stop” to its logical conclusion: She’s gonna do whatever she wants even if that means working with hip-hop producer Mike Will Made It to produce grating beats and bad raps. (Side note: How annoying is it to hear Cyrus say “Mike Will Made It” on each of the songs he produced? Really annoying.)

What do you think of the record?

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