• By Alyssa L. Brennan

Miley Cyrus released new album, ‘Plastic Hearts,’ and you should listen to it



Photo courtesy of Pitchfork.

Miley Cyrus released her seventh studio album, ‘Plastic Hearts,’ on Nov. 27, 2020 which contains 15 songs with a total running time of 50 minutes and 26 seconds.

Cyrus tells a sad, but hopeful story through the album. The pop star experiments with more of a rock sound in this album, which she has done throughout her career. One of the first examples being “See You Again,” one of the first tracks that really separated Miley from her Hannah Montana image and sound. The post-divorce influence appears throughout ‘Plastic Hearts’ in a sound that the Rolling Stone called, “New Wave rock” piece. It’s a story of sadness, perseverance, moving on, strength and courage.

The album opens with “WTF do I know.” An interesting thing that Cyrus does on this track and a few others on the album is a combination of upbeat music with sad lyrics. She sings, “Thought that it’d be you until I die but I let go,” and we can all assume she is referring to her now ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth. The upbeat sounds with less-than happy lyrics is a great combination and fits for this story she is trying to tell, however. She does the same thing on the tracks “Plastic Hearts,” “Gimme What I Want,” and “Hate Me.” The idea that moving on is difficult and hurts, but that there is hope and happiness waiting, is the message that comes across throughout the album.

The beat slows down for tracks such as “Angels Like You,” and “Golden G String.” "Angels Like You” is the most emotional track on the album. Cyrus sings: “It’s not your fault I ruin everything/ It’s not your fault I can’t be what you need.” The raw emotion poured into this track makes it so powerful and one of my favorites on the album.

There are a few featured artists on this track such as Dua Lipa, Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. Nicks is featured on the “Midnight Sky” Remix, “Edge of Midnight.” The collaborations were done well, but not the strongest part of the album. The album also includes two live versions: “Heart of Glass” and “Zombie.” Overall, I enjoyed every track on the album and thought they tied together well.

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