Miley Cyrus drops highly anticipated album ‘Plastic Hearts’

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Miley Cyrus’s seventh studio album “Plastic Hearts” shows a new, rockstar side to the “Malibu” singer. Photo courtesy of Genius.

Bridget Janis and Lauren Karmo

Miley Cyrus shows a new side of herself with her seventh studio album “Plastic Hearts.” The rockstar embraces her heavy vocals in the album released on Nov. 27, 2020 by channeling styles from ’80s punk to electric pop to create something unlike anything else she’s released before. 

Back in her Disney days, Cyrus was known for combining her country roots with pop tunes, but with her maturity came new sounds. Her last project “She is Coming” hinted at a new path for the “Wrecking Ball” singer, and the singles “Midnight Sky” and “Prisoner” — featuring Dua Lipa — confirmed this.

This album comes soon after her divorce with Liam Hemsworth, and while songs in this album hint at him, who doesn’t love a good upbeat breakup song aimed at disliking men? This album is also following her vocal surgery in November 2019. Cyrus has that signature raspy voice, but this surgery gave her a slighter deeper tone, and I’m not complaining.

“WTF Do I Know” is the opening song of the album and right off the bat Cyrus’s voice shines through. This breakup song people might assume is over the tragic divorce, it doesn’t matter — the song is still a bop.

This song was a great opener to the album, and by the chorus, it turns into straight pop-rock and highlights Cyrus’s voice in all the raspy rock sound she wanted to achieve with this album.

“Plastic Hearts” has more of a Hannah Montana feel — that upbeat 2000s vibe of a song. This is the second song on the album, and while it also is an upbeat song, it has a different vibe than “WTF Do I Know.” It has a strong guitar aspect to it that really brings the whole song together.

“Plastic Hearts” is one of those driving to the beach with all your friends type of song, the I’m running late because I’m having too much fun type of jam.

The fifth track “Gimme What I Want” explores the same exposed bass lines we hear throughout the album and is one of the best songs on the album. It’s a raucous power bop that will hype up anyone who’s listening.

“Never Be Me” offers a different kind of sound — something slower and more heartfelt than the fast-paced tracks that dominate this album. 

“Plastic Hearts” closes with two classic rock covers recorded at live performances. “Heart of Glass” and “Zombie” are the songs that got fans talking about “Plastic Hearts” when she rebranded from a pop icon to a rock legend.

When listening to “Plastic Hearts” from start to finish, every song is catchy and has a great variety of types of songs. Out of all 15 songs, there is not one that I would skip. Any artist that can create a “non-skip” album deserves all the credit they can get. 

This album is definitely Cyrus at her best. As she would say, she’s finally making the type of music she was born to make.

Rating: 5/5