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Miley Cyrus's newest album, Younger Now, album cover.

Miley Cyrus's newest album, Younger Now, album cover.

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Miley Cyrus's newest album, Younger Now, album cover.

Beginning with a sound byte of a rainstorm, Miley Cyrus’s newest album Younger Now sets the tone of redemption and new beginnings. Drawing from her roots in country music, the album has a heavy reliance on acoustic guitar and seems like she is playing it safe with this album. She abandons her previous “bad girl” persona and returns to her country pop background.

While there is an obvious country background to the songs throughout the record, there is also a sense that it’s not to Cyrus’s full potential. The album is somewhat weak in producing definitive hits other than her previously released single “Malibu”.

The first few songs, which include her hit single “Malibu” seem almost nostalgic for Cyrus. One track, “Rainbowland” even featuring country music icon and her godmother, Dolly Parton. The song “Week Without You” begins a series of three emotional songs that show her love and dedication for her fiance, Liam Hemsworth.

“Thinkin” is the seventh song on the album and marks the point where her songs take a turn for the more upbeat. With a heavy bassline and intense vocals from Cyrus, these songs provide for a nice relief from the raw emotions of the rest of the album.

This latter portion of the album feels like an ode to old school Americana and listeners can’t help but tap their toes to these catchy tracks.

The last two songs “She’s Not Him” and “Inspired” are slow ballads that hold palpable motion yet also display Cyrus’s idealistic optimism for her career and her romantic life with Hemsworth.

Younger Now is a return to Cyrus’s Americana roots as a pop country princess and is sure to please her oldest fans and most devoted followers, but in terms of winning over new fans, not likely.

 

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