I’ve asked myself many self-directed questions since Miley quit her Disney oriented Hannah Montana image for something a much more sexual and “grown-up”(?) image. I grew up watching Disney shows like Hannah Montana, Suite Life and Wizards of Waverly Place. I loved them. I bought the first Hannah Montana album on a whim because I liked her look and it hooked me on Miley Cyrus’ pop music. I mean, I was growing up and the songs had something that I could relate to. Now… I’m not so sure.
Miley’s music style has always fallen within my range of tastes and other than dubstep and rap, my music usually ranges anywhere from J-pop (e.g. LiSa) to theatre (e.g. Wicked), alternative rock (i.e. Breaking Benjamin) and maybe the occasional indie-folk (e.g. Of Monsters and Men). In addition to that, I grew up classically trained in piano and I have dabbled a bit in violin and guitar so I would like to think that I’m really open to all forms of images and all styles of artists.
I was totally fine and even, to some extent, liked Miley’s “Can’t be Tamed” album. I accepted that all singers grow up and change their music styles as they mature as artists. After a long three year dry-spell of music, Miley’s back. Releasing her first single “We Can’t Single,” early in the summer, it came with a mixed palette of opinions from music critics. I didn’t particularly like it but I understood that it was a song really meant to be released for summer. I could relate to the going-all-out mindset and doing your own thing, but I had no fracking clue what the music video was trying to say. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, the music video for “We Can’t Stop” is ultimately some expression of artistry and the bottom line of artistry is to evoke something in the viewers. I think I speak for many of us when I say that I felt many things after watching that music video.
The second promotional single released for Miley’s upcoming album “Bangerz” (and I question the horrible title choice) is called “Wrecking Ball.” It’s essentially about heartbreak and a longing for a loved one who’s walked away. The lyrics are creative and poetic, they really pack a punch to the listeners. I was impressed.
“I came in like a wrecking ball,
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls,
All you ever did was wreck me.”
Of course, shortly after a hit single is released, there is no doubt, a music video that comes shortly after… to which s**t hits the fan. To some extent I can accept Miley’s portrayal of nudity as symbolic to the feelings of vulnerability after a break-up, being stripped bare of your emotions, as it were. However, I don’t understand the sexualisation of objects, particularly a sledgehammer. At first I thought she was going to tear down the walls with the sledgehammer, but noooo, that would be too normal for Miley Cyrus. Instead, she made out with it! Also, why is it necessary to swing off a wrecking ball in the middle of a room? The biggest question is, why choose someone like Terry Richardson to direct a music video with such an emotionally charged song? Miley could have presented the music video a lot better and it would have been a better way of showing us she’d grown up and matured. So who do we “blame” for this strange new image and all these weird music videos? The mv directors? The producing company? Or the artist herself?
As of right now, I am indeed looking forward to Miley’s new album. I’ll probably ignore any new music videos that come out, but at the bottom lines of all lines, I like MIley’s music (or rather, I like “Wrecking Ball.” My thoughts and feelings on Bangerz can only really be determined after the first listen.
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What are you pondering today?