Miley Cyrus
The Time of Our Lives


3.0
good

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
November 16th, 2009 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catchy pop/rock.....yes even from the devils at Disney

Everyone has secrets. In the world of music its those albums that you hide when friends come over, and the ones you never actually admit to liking while in the dead of night you huddle under your covers and enjoy whatever album is such taboo to enjoy. Some of these guilty pleasures in my own collection include Someday Came Suddenly by Attack Attack!, Breakthrough by Colbie Cailat, and Suicide Season by Bring Me the Horizon. A new addition to this list is The Time of Our Lives by Miley Cyrus.

Now I am a complete anti-Disney type of person. I feel that the company markets so many one hit wonder type of artists that vanish and fade within a good few years, and yet these are the people the younger generations look up to. Miley Cyrus is one of these “products” put on the market by the Disney machine. Initially I wrote off her music, as it seemed like just a marketing tool versus an actual artist performing and writing an album. My pre-bias made me dig a shell of ignorance in which I stayed for a long time. It wasn’t until I got to college, and after trying to convince numerous females that Miley Cyrus was irrelevant in the world of music and that they should turn to “real” music like Thrice, Nightwish and August Burns Red, I realized that this was futile as they were too far gone. So, I decided to embrace my own idea of never judging anything before listening (which I had already done) and download this album for a test run. What transpired was not what I was expecting; not even close.

I was first introduced to Miley’s (more like Disney’s) brand of pop/rock with the album opener Kicking and Screaming. This song tries to show Miley as some sort of tough chick, like a Hailey Williams or something, but her vocal style does not have enough authority to give the song the kick it needs to become tolerable. This brings me to my first problem with The Time of Our Lives, her vocals and her lyrics.

Now I wasn’t expecting Miley to write lyrics (does she even write her lyrics?) on the level of Bon Iver or Brand New, but I was expecting a little more insight and intelligence. She seems to not decide between writing serious lyrics or more immature (“fun”) ones. Songs flicker back and forth between both and I just feels so inconsistent. The album also boasts a few annoying portions such as the intro to Talk is Cheap, and the lines about the songs on the radio in Party in the USA, that just make me wonder why they were necessary. Miley’s vocals also are a frustration on The Time of Our Lives. She does not have the power to make rockers like Kicking and Screaming work, but she does not have the soft seductive tone to make ballads like Obsessed connect with the listener.

With all my complaints about lyrics and vocals, one might ask why I gave this album the rating I did. Well good sir, its catchy as all get out. Time of Our Lives boasts a catchy guitar line to go along with Miley’s autotuned vocal approach which just forces you to bob your head and forces its way deep inside your cranium. Bouncy synth lines permeate this album, and variety is shown in such tracks as the country tinged lead single Party In the USA and the string-laden ballad Obsessed. This album will take you hook, line and sinker.

I did not expect to like any part of this album, but as I listened closer, I found myself enjoying it. Lines got stuck in my head, and bouncy guitars and synths forced my foot to start tapping out a beat. This album will end up as one of my guilty pleasures, and although it suffers from some obvious weaknesses, it is an enjoyable listen.



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other reviews of this album
ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin (3)
A very solid EP from Miley that honestly surprised me given her reputation. Party in the USA and the...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
WhiteWallStargazers
November 16th 2009


2647 Comments


and there goes my approval rating....and any credibility I had lol

Zip
November 16th 2009


5312 Comments


nah it's ok you're saved by the fact that you are digging CFTG

Waior
November 17th 2009


11454 Comments


credibility

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2009


17920 Comments


breakout is a decent album but i don't really have an interest in this

Blindsided
November 17th 2009


1871 Comments


Christ lol. Godd review albeit a terrible musical effort.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2009


16089 Comments


Party in the USA is my jam

YouAreMySilence
November 17th 2009


3727 Comments


How is eff does someone shake their hips like "yeah"?!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2009


16089 Comments


you've obviously never seen the music video

YouAreMySilence
November 17th 2009


3727 Comments


I'm missing out?

ScorpionStan
November 17th 2009


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

she actually does show you how to shake your hips like "yeah" in the music video, YouAreMySilence.

problem is, it looks horrible. Michael Jackson had better moves on his deathbed.

cirq
November 17th 2009


9264 Comments


BRRRRRRRRRRRR

This shit sucks!

Kiran
Emeritus
November 17th 2009


6001 Comments


http://hypem.com/#/track/928736/Notorious+BIG+-+Party+and+Bullshit+In+the+USA+Remix+

WhiteWallStargazers
November 17th 2009


2647 Comments


I feel so gay for liking this....but I do lol

ToWhatEnd
November 17th 2009


3172 Comments


Party In The USA comes on just about every time I'm at the gym on campus. Classic workout material really.

Zip
November 17th 2009


5312 Comments


Michael Jackson had better moves on his deathbed
did he have a death bed?

ScorpionStan
November 17th 2009


1834 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

well he died on a hospital bed, so yes

IndieOut
November 17th 2009


498 Comments


Party in the USA rules. I find with albums that are guilty pleasures can only be fairly rated after about two weeks. if you can still isten to that album, then you can rate it. usually ear candy can't stand the test of time, and really isn't as good as one thought at first.

BigTuna
November 18th 2009


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Party in the USA is my song.

Digging: Yellowcard - Lift a Sail

MrGlass
February 20th 2010


326 Comments


I love you for secretly liking both miley cyrus and bring me the horizon. a man after my own heart

SalimKhan007
August 27th 2011


5 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Climb > Rest Of the Album
Apart from the Climb, the album fails miserably.



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