Miley Cyrus’ new album, “Bangerz,” was released Oct. 4, 2013 and has been criticized for its controversial themes. “Bangerz” features 13 new pop tracks, including singles “We Can’t Stop,” Wrecking Ball” and “Adore You.”

The album begins with “Adore You,” a very sweet song with lyrics like, “When you say you love me, know I love you more.”  Despite the meaningful and thoughtful lyrics, the music video is very racy and controversial. Cyrus’ music videos for many of the “Bangerz” tracks tend to be extremely explicit, such as the video for “Wrecking Ball,” in which features Cyrus swinging naked on a wrecking ball.

The album shows Cyrus’ naughtier side with tracks like “FU” and “Love Money Party.” With lyrics like, “I’m a female rebel, can’t you tell” from the song “4 x 4” and “You’re sexy, sexy, I got things I want to do to you” from the track “#GETITRIGHT,” Cyrus proves that she isn’t the sweet innocent Hannah Montana she once was.

However, the album displays a darker, more genuine side by clearly displaying the thoughts of a heartbroken young woman. “All I wanted was to break your walls, all you ever did was wreck me” are lyrics from “Wrecking Ball,” the song written about Cyrus’ break-up with actor Liam Hemsworth. Cyrus has several heartbroken tracks, including “My Darlin’” and “Someone Else.”

The album features other artists, including Britney Spears, Future, French Montana, Nelly and Big Sean, making significant contributions to Cyrus’ works.

Altogether, “Bangerz” is a ground-breaking step for Cyrus’ career. While some tracks seem over-the-top and trashy, other songs are catchy and compelling. The album has a variety of music for different tastes and proves absolutely that Cyrus is no longer portraying her former little-girl persona.

By Emily Turpin

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