Flashback: Miley Cyrus still ‘Can’t Be Tamed’

2010 was a weird era in the Disney Channel world. It was when the golden age began to slowly leave their mouse overlord for bigger and better things. Demi Lovato announced that she would be leaving “Sonny with a Chance” before rehab in 2011. Oh, She gifted us the iconic album “Here We Go Again” as well. The Jonas Brothers did “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” with Demi before “being in between projects” and their first hiatus in 2011. Selena Gomez was last to leave the mouse as “Wizards of Waverly Place” was just getting started with its success.

Miley Cyrus, the 2010s Disney queen, finished production on the final season of “Hannah Montana.” Miley also donned bird wings and hopped in a birdcage to proclaim that she “couldn’t be tamed.” It’s time to unlock the birdcage and revisit the start of Miley’s maturing image and become the artist we know today.

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I wanna be a part of something I don’t know

Miley from “Can’t Be Tamed” video

“Can’t Be Tamed” is Miley’s third studio album. It also was her final album released on Disney’s label Hollywood Records. Released on June 18, 2010, “Can’t Be Tamed” was produced by Rock Mafia and John Shanks. You’ve heard Rock Mafia’s music before as, like Jason Derulo, they feel the need to have the artist on their song spell out or say their name at the beginning of the song. Rock Mafia was exclusive to Disney Channel and their Hollywood Records label.

The album was a departure from Miley’s previous works, which were more pop-rock. It has more of a dance-pop vibe to it. This would be Miley’s start experimenting with her sound that would continue on with follows up albums. The album has a common theme: being free of expectations and being yourself. Not being tamed by anyone or anything. “Can’t Be Tamed” was the start of Miley’s more mature image, similar to what Britney Spears did with her third album “Britney.” Essentially, an artistry makeover into adulthood.

Singles

There are only two singles from this album. The titular track and “Who Owns My Heart.” While we know that “Can’t Be Tamed” is the stand-out from the album, “Who Owns My Heart” wasn’t the best second single that they could have used to promote the album. Now, I’m not a big fan of having the singles next to each other on the tracklist, especially when they are at the beginning of the album.

“Who Owns My Hearts” is a good song, but it doesn’t carry on the tone that the first single gives you. Personally, I would like liked “Robot” to have been the second single in hindsight. I would have probably help with the promotion. Also, it’s just a better song. Her vocals on it aren’t overly autotuned. It also carries the theme of not being controlled better.

The album

The album itself isn’t bad, but it’s not her best work when it comes to coherent sound. While it’s a dance-pop album, just a few songs just don’t fit in with the album. They aren’t necessarily bad songs, but they just feel out of place. I’m all for Miley singing ballads, and every album needs to have some of them. This album has about 4 of them, including a cover of “Every Rose has Its Thorns” by 80s rock band Poison. The cover isn’t the greatest thing in the world but breaks up the three dance-pop songs. After “Two More Lonely People,” it just turns into a mess when it comes to pacing.

If there was a better flow of the tracks, then it wouldn’t be so bad. It just felt like they gave up trying to tell a story with the album after “Two More Lonely People” and just threw the songs together. This would be the same with the production as well. There’s just way too much production on Miley and her vocals at points. Miley’s vocals don’t need to have autotune on them. You don’t need to have autotune to have dance-pop. “Permanent December” is the perfect example of this. It’s not a good song, and the autotune and the production on it just sounds like a poor attempt to recreate Kesha’s hit 2010 song “Tik Tok.” This album was really all over the place and not in a good way.

The Verdict

“Can’t Be Tamed” didn’t age well for me at all. I remember liking it when it first came out. I have fond memories of listening to it on my iPod in my room, but it just doesn’t hit the same 11 years later. The dance-pop songs are all classics and amazing to re-listen to. It’s the ballads and poor decisions for the placement of songs and productions that make me not want to re-listen the entire album again. Besides the first single, “Can’t Be Tamed,” I highly recommend checking “Two More Lonely People,” “Robot,” and “My Heart Beats for Love.” “Stay” and “My Heart Beats for Love” are the best ballads off this album. If there were only two ballads, then this album would have been way better.

While my feelings have changed for the album, this is still an iconic album and it really helped Miley find out who she is. Without this, we wouldn’t have gotten her next studio album “Bangerz” or even her latest release “Plastic Hearts.” I highly recommend checking out the album if you haven’t already, or if it’s been a while since you heard it. It’s totally worth it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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Ashley O and Hannah Montana are one in the same

I don’t know about you, but the music of Ashley O is stuck in my head, and I’m living for it all. I’m living for Ashley O. Because I like characters that are played by the same actor all connected in the same world, I had an epiphany. Maybe, just maybe, Ashley O is actually Hannah Montana. That’s right, this is a conspiracy theory. Prepare to be blown

The thing to remember about this

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Hey, I’m a hoe

I’m aware that it’s not the right lyrics

Before I dive into the deep state, this will contain spoilers to the most iconic Disney Channel show of all time, “Hannah Montana.” Pretty much, if you were aware that Hannah Montana is just a Miley in a wig, you are crazy. So when we last left Miley Stewart, she was wig-less, manless, and going to college instead of doing some famous people shit. This is where the conspiracy theory kicks in.

Such an iconic turn. She’s pretty much a superhero

Sometime after the finale of the GREATEST TELEVISION SHOW OF ALL TIME, again that’s just the facts, Miley was struck by tragedy. Her wonderful father and brother were killed in a tragic accident. Because Miley was 18, she was left responsibility for any matters. Feeling overwhelmed, Miley turned to her aunt Catherine. Catherine helped easier her into her new responsibilities before dropping a bomb on Miley Stewart: Robbie Ray’s music career didn’t cover enough. Not wanting to fully return as Hannah Montana nor herself, Miley and her aunt created Ashley O. While similar to Hannah Montana, Ashley O was a hybrid of what Hannah Montana was and who Miley Cyrus wanted to be herself. And you know the rest from there if you watched the episode.

You think I’m #Crazy

Now, I know what you may be thinking, “Aren’t you reaching?” And to that, I say, the only one reaching is you and that for your head because your mind is blown. There’s actually a lot of similarities between Ashley and Hannah. Besides the fact they are both Miley wearing wigs, their music is similar. Both are lyrically talking about going for your dreams or have some positive lyrics in them. Also, Miley is totally using her best friend Lilly’s wig from her time as Lola.

They also had a similar age group of fans. To get that level of success that Ashley O has, you had to have experience with grasping the teen market, which Miley did as Hannah Montana. Also, they look and sound the same. Anyone with half a brain would realize that they are one and the same. You’re welcome for all the theories going through your head right now

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Miley Cyrus shines in epi​sode of ‘Black Mirror’ as Ashley O

In case you have been living under a rock, Miley Cyrus not only released the first third of her seventh album, “SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.” But she also starred in an episode of the Netflix series “Black Mirror.” Before she becomes the first person to get on the Billboard Music charts under three different names, it’s time to talk about Miley’s episode on this series. It’s the best of both worlds.

Meet Ashley O, aka Hannah Montana 2.0

Head like a hole, black as your soul

“Black Mirror” is a British Anthology series. So what this means that none of the episodes are standalone episodes and have nothing to do with each other. So can watch Miley’s episode without having to worry about getting caught up first. The series follows what can happen with new technology in modern society and the side effects of what would happen, whether good or bad. If you know what “The Twilight Zone” is, it’s similar to that.

Miley’s episode is entitled “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too.” It follows Ashley O, a pop star that is starting to feel the pressure of being something that she doesn’t feel like it’s her. Her management team is doesn’t care and puts creative constrictions on her. Ashley is looked up by a fan named Rachel, who gets an AI doll of Ashley called Ashley Too who she uses to as a friend. Rachel hasn’t been able to make friends since the death of her mother. Rachel’s sister, Jack, isn’t a big fan of Ashley O or the Ashley Too doll.

This episode is a fantastic episode. The episode has issues when it comes to a coherent plot and pacing. There are too many plots going on that it’s all over the place. You think it is going one way, but then it goes another and forgets where it was going to go. Like there was a plot started about Rachel and Jack dealing with the loss of their mother, but it was thrown out during the middle and final act of the episode. Then it gets resolved by the end, but there’s not any real resolution.

The primary arch of the episode is more on Ashley O, and her management controls her so she can be who they want her to be due to how much money she is making for them. Without going too much into the story and spoiling it, it’s incredibly relevant to pop music in this day and again. More so in particular to the #FreeBritney movement that happened a couple of months ago. Honestly, Ashely O has a lot of similarities to Britney Spears.

The pacing of the episode is the biggest problem. It drags through the beginning and part of the middle acts. It’s not dull per se but it doesn’t peak your interest until the true intentions of the Ashley O and her management team come into the light. Most of the beginning is just getting to know Rachel and Jack, which is fine but the plot isn’t really strong enough to carry the show. Especially when it doesn’t proper development.

“Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too” isn’t a bad episode but rather a good one. It just suffers from too many plots that create a slightly incoherent plot at times and pacing. I do recommend checking it out because Miley’s performance in it was everything. Miley was the highlight of the episode, especially as the Ashley Too doll. I got “Hannah Montana” vibes from the wig, and that’s when nostalgia hit. I liked the episode and hope they do more with Ashley O.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Miley Cyrus returns to form with ‘She is coming’

After two years of no word on an official album, Miley Cyrus has returned and given the world a new album. But unlike her previous albums, Miley decided to torture us by splitting her album into three different EPs. I think that Miley is just looking to torture us with anticipation. Let’s talk about “SHE IS COMING” from Miley Cyrus. There’s going to be a lot of capitalization.

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Swish, Swish motherf***er

“SHE IS COMING” is the first of three EPs from Miley Cyrus. Along with “SHE IS HER,” and “SHE IS EVERYTHING,” this makes up her seventh studio album, “SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.” Yep, Miley is trying to kill us. “SHE IS COMING” is Miley’s first EP since 2009’s “The Time of Our Lives.” Miley reunites with Mike Will Made It as well as teaming up with Mark Ronson again, whom she previously worked with on their single “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”

The EP is the love child if all of her music got together and had a love child. I’ll be frank; I was worried about this album because the promo videos on Miley’s social media made it look like she was making a “Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz 2.” I don’t know if you remember that album, but it was a hot mess. I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening, and it was more like “Bangerz” meets all her other discography.

The EP is only six songs and it honestly the perfect amount for it. Each song brings something different to the overall feel and theme. It has a little bit of everything. From the female empowerment anthem “Mother’s Daughter” to about having sex and not being the same person as before in “Cattitude,” this EP has something for everyone on the album.

My only complaint with the album is that the flow of the EP is nonexistent. It doesn’t feel like there is no rhyme nor reason. It’s slightly all over the place. It’s not a bad thing, but it does create an uneven listening experience. Like you go from a dance song to two songs that are slower in pace before going back to a dance song. I, personally, would like it to be evener, with the song listing and flow. It feels like 4 out of 6 songs have been slow songs.

“SHE IS COMING” is a great album and feels like the right step in where Miley Cyrus is going with her music. I enjoyed listening to the EP and cannot wait to hear what comes next. I just wished that the album has had a better flow and was more spaced out with the songs. But overall, it’s a good taste of what is next to come, which will be on the EP “SHE IS HERE.” Sidenote: I’d lose my cool if there’s a second album called “SHE IS HANNAH MONTANA.”

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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