Music Monday: Miley Cyrus sheds Disney

By Amie Grimason

Miley Cyrus is arguably the most controversial star of 2013, but her new album Bangerz showcases the talent running through her veins.

Who could forget that twerking, half naked grinding on Robin Thicke MTV VMA performance a mere few months ago?

Her dramatic image overhaul saw her cut off her flowing brown locks in favour of a blonde quiff, her dress sense changed to crop tops, leotards, short shorts and a naked photo shoot on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Miley’s behaviour, which she has self-titled ‘The Movement’, is a bid to shake off that ‘Disney child’ image.

Her music is the biggest reflection of this change.

New album Bangerz dropped the lead single ‘We Can’t Stop’ in the summer and it went straight to number one around the world.

It caused uproar with controversial lyrics including partying, drinking and references to drug taking, but in a bid to increase music sales; it worked.

Bangerz and the second single off the album ‘Wrecking Ball’ were released on the same day and both debuted at the number one spot.

Everything Miley is doing seems to be working.

‘Wrecking Ball’ is a heart breaking love song that showcases the amazing voice that she has, and was the perfect follow up to summer hit ‘We Can’t Stop’.

The record features collaborations with Britney Spears on ‘SMS(Bangerz)’and Big Sean on ‘Love Money Part’.

‘4×4’ featuring Nelly, explores Miley’s country roots while ‘My Darlin’ is a slower offering sampling the Pretenders’ I’ll Stand By You’.

‘Hands In The Air’ featuring Ludacris, rounds off the album and is a lyrical middle finger to her critics.

Despite the big name collaborations, the stand out tracks are all just Miley.

Big ballad ‘FU’ would have worked much better if it didn’t feature rapper Future.

The dance tracks are the best; ‘Do Ma Thang’, ‘On My Own’ and ‘Someone Else’ are all potential future hits.

Her voice is much better than expected and the lyrics on these tracks show her independence and femininity.

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Movement’ is the best way forward.

Everyone thinks they know this girl; don’t be fooled.

Musically, she has so much more to give.

Long gone are the ‘Disney Princess’ days, here is a POPSTAR.

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