Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ Album Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Twerky

Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Album Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Twerky

Clearly, the new album marks a transitional phase in the pop star's career — but does it sing?

Depending on whom you read, Miley Cyrus’ new album “Bangerz” is a “sometimes great,” “not very fun” “party grenade” that “just sounds like noise.”

Whether any of that means it's good or bad, we can't quite tell.

Let's allow the experts to explain further.

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Jessica Hopper of Spin wrote, “The entertainment value of Cyrus’ work is more than simply typical pop pleasure: It is the slow-motion horror of watching toxic sleaze replace toxic purity.” She continued, “‘Bangerz’ is a precise album that flits between bombastic and turgid; it is not very fun.”

She didn't like it.

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote, “'Bangerz’ serves as a catalog of the now, borrowing from several of the latest movements without being beholden to a single idea or crew.” He added, “The results are scattershot, but sometimes great, reflecting an artist still making sense of new inputs.”

Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times quantifies “Bangerz” with three stars out of four. He also qualifies the offering by saying, “There's plenty more provocation on ‘Bangerz,’ which moves away from the glossy electro-pop sound of Cyrus’ earlier records toward a grittier, hip-hop-inspired vibe.” Wood tips his cap to the original single, “We Can't Stop,” saying it “still astounds; it might be the calmest, most clear-eyed rebel yell since Janet Jackson's ‘Control.'”

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Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone calls “Bangerz,” “The sound of Hannah Montana gone ‘Miami Vice.'” Dolan says the record sounds like a “Rihanna-meets-Gaga-meets-Pink-meets-Britney party grenade.” It is unclear if those are good or bad things.

Jason Lipshulz of Billboard reviewed the album track-by-track, saying the compilation is “neither the best nor worst pop album released this year, but it's inarguably the most fiercely individual.” Lipshulz uses the CD's final track to make a larger statement, writing, “‘Someone Else’ does not completely resonate, especially at its running time, but it makes for a fascinating listen nonetheless — much like ‘Bangerz’ in its entirety.”

Sam Lansky of Idolater gives Cyrus a 2.5 out of 5, saying her “talent gets muddied in pursuit of a something less enduring.” He adds that “Bangerz” “doesn’t make for a listenable album.” Lansky sums it all up, saying, “There are some great songs on 'Bangerz,' but there, and elsewhere, she’s banging so loud that it just sounds like noise.”

  • mfan2

    What Sam Lansky doesn't get is that when a senior (citizen) editor of Idolatar says an album “sounds like noise”, that's a positive review! How many generations have heard this from their parents, while relishing that reaction? Yeah, Miley.

    • Mike

      Ok, Sam Lansky is 23, and she sucks!

      • mfan2

        If Lansky is 23 he shouldn't call himself a senior editor. Unless his staff if 15 years old. ANOTHER misjudgement.

        • damselle

          He is only 23. Senior refers to his higher position in relation to those around him, not his age. Some of the people working under him are probably older than he is.

  • Beautut

    Smiley Miley just does'n get it She's trying to hard to be Hollywood and that's a big mistake for “Hanna Montana”. Her Cutesiie Tounge act was disgustinng. If she wants to become another “One hit woder', Then she is on the right track…SO!.
    Just follow “THE HOLLYWOOD FORMULA” as follows:
    1. fADE iN
    2. FAME
    3 .FORTUNE
    4. Drugs
    5 .FADE OUT
    6. Next.

  • mad mad

    she needs to grow up and she can not sing at all