Written by Leo Baldi
Miley Cyrus returns with an inspired sound on Younger Now
I will never understand why critics did not like Miley and Her Dead Petz, Miley Cyrus’ 2015 self- released album. I thought the experimentation and the overall sound of it made it one of the best albums of 2015, right behind Grimes’ Art Angels.
The album displayed great songwriting and an ability to be vulnerable even without 300 songwriters and producers writing songs for her. So, I write this review being a big fan Miley since 2015, when she actually proved to be worth the title of artist.
When Miley released Younger Now and people started talking about her previous work under RCA and her Hannah Montana past, about how she isn’t afraid to embrace who she was and all this apologetic nonsense that people like, I thought “oh my god who the f**k cares” and just bought it on Itunes, hoping that it would carry the legacy of the delicate and strange Dead Petz.
I was honestly surprised. I had already heard Younger Now and Malibu and I loved the production and lyrics. The major realisation, however, came when I heard Miss You So Much: Younger Now is a beautiful album. Starting from the title track, a perfect, fun, pop song, and Malibu, another example of chilled songwriting and that same sweetness that I loved from her 2015 work.
Rainbowland, a duet with Dolly Parton, is exactly what you’d expect, country and more country, nonetheless, like every song on this album, there is always an extra soft element to catch your interest. An extra clap, a vocal harmony, a bass line etc. and in this case a sweet vocal message from Parton at the end of the song that will make you smile, even if it’s just for a second.
This is what I wanted to hear: I never expected Miley to make another extrovert and magniloquent record, because I think she writes extremely good soft and sweet songs (again, Lighter and I Get So Scared, but also Karen Don’t Be Sad and Pablow The Blowfish). My hopes were not let down and I got what I wanted.
After Week Without You, a sun and cheeky country pop cut, there comes Miss You So Much, and as Phoebe once said to Rachel “here come the waterworks”, a felt a wave of emotion come over me. This song and the following, I Would Die For You, are the reason why I will treasure this album in my heart forever. I know it sounds corny and stupid, but this girl has a sensibility that you will only ever know if you listen closely to what she is saying outside of Tv, awards shows, Hannah Montana and what not. This side of Miley, the way she writes lyrics and sings, is pure gold.
Thinkin, Bad Mood and Love Someone are up next and with these tracks we go back to the more uptempo, although nothing in the album will sound as light and worry-less as the first 4 tracks.
She’s Not Him is another one that could possible require a couple tissues nearby. Miley sings about how no matter how hard she tried to lover her previous lover, she wasn’t the love of her life. Which is something that we could all share, but the way she sings on this one could move a stone. Inspired closes the album with a positive message of nostalgia and love for nature, which is just as colourful as a field of wild flowers in the sun.
To conclude, Younger Now is a wonderful, vibrant yet delicate album, just like the colours of the artwork. But, because critics don’t seem to appreciate it much or just simply disregard its value, as with any good albums these days, it will never call for big productions or major controversial moments.
Which also means that it will probably be forgotten by the public in just a few months, but, if you listened carefully and maybe shed a tear, it will definitely remain with you for a long time. And now excuse me but I’m going to HMV to buy the CD (because people still do that).
Listen to Younger Now below