Miley Cyrus Coming Back to Her Roots

By Lauren Clohessy

Miley Cyrus released her sixth studio album, “Younger Now,” on Friday, September 29. After dissing her Hannah Montana singing persona, she tried to break away from the Disney character with her “Can’t Be Tamed” album in 2010, but didn’t truly break away until “Bangerz” in 2013 and “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz” in 2015.

The current album was produced by Oren Yoel, who worked with Cyrus in her fifth album “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz” as well, and released by RCA Records.

After its release, the record hit #2 in the iTunes charts, although it currently resides at #4.  

Cyrus’s first release from the album, “Malibu,” gave listeners a taste into the new era of Miley. Gone are the days of her bleach blond pixie cut and over-twerking on the VMA stage, and this album definitely confirms it.

A few highlights from the album include “Rainbowland,” written and sung with Cyrus’ godmother, Dolly Parton. The track features a brief intro audio of Parton leaving Cyrus a message about wanting to sing with her before the tambourine and guitar begin; it adds a personable tone to the song. The ballad was inspired by Parton’s rainbow-colored studio and depicts a vibrant world free of worries.

The swooning song, “A Week Without You,” is rumored to be about Cyrus’ temporary split with current fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. Her lyrics mimic those of a classic breakup song, but the mellow beat with helps it stand out.

The final track on the album, “Inspired,” is my favorite. Her lyrics touch on issues around the world, while still paying tribute to her father and the influence he has in her life. The violin in the song truly makes it unforgettable.

Overall, the album isn’t my favorite Miley Cyrus album, but it’s up there. The more I listen, the better it gets, yet it’s an album you have to be in the mood for. I wouldn’t turn on most songs myself, but also wouldn’t turn them off if they came on. Maybe I’m still stuck on the early Miley Cyrus, but I’m just as happy to see her returning to her roots.

The album can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music or bought on iTunes and in stores.