Thoughts and Review: Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop” – Single


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Miley Cyrus“We Can’t Stop” – Single⎪RCA⎪US Release Date: June 3, 2013

If I were to say I were a Miley Cyrus fan, I would be lying, like big time.  Being the straight shooter than I am as well as the commandment thou shalt not lie (he he), I’ma keep it 100.  I understand why “The Climb” was popular, but truly annoyed me.  As annoying as it was (I got so sick of hearing her sing about climbing that effing mountain), maybe “7 Things” or the sugary-sweet “Party in the U.S.A.” was even more disturbing.  And then again maybe not.  I felt that ‘justice’ had been served when single “Can’t Be Tamed” and the album of the same name didn’t perform particularly well.  Yes I know, “Can’t Be Tamed” peaked at no. 8 on the Hot 100 and the album of the same title at no. 3, but few would call either ‘definitive’…

Like so many teen-pop stars, Cyrus found herself past her peak – 15 minutes (more like 15 years!) exhausted.  Hannah Montana done and potentially her pop career in the same boat – or at least it had lost its luster.  But for those of us hoping Ms. Cyrus would fade away, she’s back. Maybe not with a ‘vengeance’ per se, but she back.

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Notice that Cyrus has been collaborating heavily lately, specifically with Snoop Lion (“Ashtrays & Heartbreaks” from Reincarnated) as well as will.i.am (“Fall Down” from #willpower). Neither album nor track is exactly a ‘one-two punch’, but whatever.  Now that she’s re-confirmed her place in pop music, she returns with single “We Can’t Stop” (Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ Premieres: Listen To The New Single).  The question is, is it a triumph, a bust, or somewhere in between?

“It’s our party we can do what we want /…we can say what we want / ….we can love who we want / we can kiss who we want…”

Here’s the upside, since I don’t wanna be accused of unfairly scrutinizing the 20-year old.  Mike WiLL Made-It produces, and "PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Galahe is one of the ‘it’ guys of today where R&B and hip-hop are concerned.  This fact alone, alongside the expected strong solid production work of “We Can’t Stop”, does upgrade Cyrus’s swag.  Here’s the downside, and it’s not just the downside of Cyrus.  There is ample vocal processing in play…BUMMER! Maybe it’s good in the sense you’d rather hear an ‘accurate’ Cyrus as opposed to one who is likely flawed outside of the processing, but if you are a purist who prefers more pure vocals, then this will be a strike against the pop star.  Pop has grown over-processed in recent times, and while effects are a necessary part of a pop hit these days, sometimes the unnaturalness is annoying as the ‘pop tart’ toying with the effects/gimmicks

Ultimately, how is “We Can’t Stop”.  It’s a definite improvement over “Can’t Be Tamed” (that wouldn’t take much). It benefits from sounding like a characteristic pop/contemporary R&B song, and Cyrus even throws in a swagtastic “hell no” for good measure (remember when Bieber said “damn” in a song, OMG!).  Vocally, I’ve never been impressed with Cyrus, and “We Can’t Stop That” doesn’t alter that opinion.  But, it would probably take a ‘mountain’ and a big time ‘climb’ up the pop ladder rungs to cause me to change opinions.  So objectively speaking, it’s okay. Hearing it doesn’t make me believe it’s the next number one hit mind you, but devoted fans and perhaps a few skeptics might give Miley some credit.  As for me and my iPod, I still plan to  roll with P!nk and Kelly Clarkson for my pop dosages.

 Verdict: ✰✰✰

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Milan says:

    Appreciate ths post. Wiill tryy it out.

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