Miley Cyrus
Can't Be Tamed


2.5
average

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
June 21st, 2010 | 227 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Miley is her own woman now, and for better or worse, she is no longer a puppet of the Walt Disney corporation.

Miley has certainly been one for controversy as of late. From the debatable appropriateness of her pole dancing skit while performing “Party in the USA” to her newest video “Can’t Be Tamed,” parents everywhere are grumbling about the young star’s antics. This is nothing we haven’t seen before, as the nearly identical path of Britney Spears has prepared us for what should have been an expected rebellion at Miley's age. Honestly, those who didn’t see this coming were either incredibly naïve or just plain stupid. But the bottom line is that Miley is her own woman now, and for better or worse, she is no longer a puppet of the Walt Disney corporation.

For an album that seeks to forge a unique path, Can’t Be Tamed isn’t as much of a departure from her previous works and one might expect. Truth be told, a good portion of the album is remarkably similar to her days in Disney. The opening track “Liberty Walk” showcases classic Miley spunk a la “Hoedown Throwdown” while songs like “Who Owns My Heart” and “Take Me Along” play off of the success of “See You Again.” She also shows a continued knack for creating power ballads, with the extremely polished “My Heart Beats for Love” and “Forgiveness and Love.” These songs actually forge two of Can’t Be Tamed’s musical highlights, although they still lack maturity in the lyrics department. In fact, all one has to do is look at the two song titles to realize what they are about. Needless to say, originality isn’t a strong point of Can’t Be Tamed. The majority of the time Miley settles for cookie-cutter pop formulas and clichéd dance rhythms that, when mixed together, sound just like the hundreds of other pop radio songs you have forgotten in the past year. Even when Miley hones in on her own sound, it ends up sounding like recycled versions of hits that she has already released.

Despite this very negative aspect of the album, one must also give credit where it is due. Let’s be honest, the main goal of pop music isn’t to explore new musical frontiers. It is usually to create catchy songs that might also function as a single, with the occasional heart-warming ballad thrown in for good measure. Can’t Be Tamed has no shortage of either, with an abundance of songs that are fun to blast with the windows down (assuming you are not afraid of the harsh judgment of society), dance to (sobriety may or may not play a factor here), or fall asleep to (if her voice happens to soothe you). There are also some moments that qualify as different enough to intrigue the casual listener. The album’s title track and first single is actually one of the more original songs, with an electronic/dance beat and overtly sexual lyrics that can not be found on her prior, and more subtle, works. It injects just enough shock factor into the album to keep it interesting.

For all intents and purposes, Can’t Be Tamed is a decent pop record from a teen with a lot of upside in her future recording career. It will undoubtedly sell extremely well and receive lots of airtime, if for no other reason because it is Miley Cyrus. There is no “Party in the USA” to anchor the album, and the cover of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” likely won’t do much to impress, well, anyone. This is not the breakout album of Miley Cyrus’ career. But between the catchy beats of her singles, the chilled-out vibes of her ballads, and her new independent image, Can’t Be Tamed manages to hold its own and send Miley one step closer to creating her own unique musical identity.



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Yazz_Flute
June 21st 2010


18875 Comments


SO SEXY OH GOD

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


16921 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

album is available on itunes for those of you who want to rush out and buy it. of course, then you dont get the sexy cover art.

Digging: Low Roar - 0

Yazz_Flute
June 21st 2010


18875 Comments


Review was good btw, I like how you didn't just give it a 1 and bash the shit out of it.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


16921 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

i wouldn't do that i luv miley

bloozclooz
June 21st 2010


1770 Comments


the more she tries to stand out the more she just ends up just sounding like every other female popstar.

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


10583 Comments


infringing on my territory bro

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fromtheinside
June 21st 2010


19154 Comments


the fact that she's terrible at being seductive combined with her below average looks makes her music that less attractive...

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


16921 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

@klap: I wrote this review up pretty quick...like a half hour. I knew there'd be a staff or contrib. review for it eventually, so I wasn't gonna slave over this. Plus it's a Miley Cyrus album.

tiesthatbind
June 21st 2010


7380 Comments


Nice, man, good review.

eternium
June 21st 2010


16340 Comments


Whores.

What can you do?

Fugue
June 21st 2010


7354 Comments


her below average looks


Lol srsly?

fromtheinside
June 21st 2010


19154 Comments


completely.

mvdu
June 21st 2010


612 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

After hearing more samples, at least "Can't Be Tamed" seems to be the worst thing here. The other dance songs are at least adequate pop. Probably would also give this 2.5, but I've never been a Miley fan.

bloc
June 21st 2010


35024 Comments


I like The Climb

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


31620 Comments


Wrong artist numbnuts

edit: nice ninja edit

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bloc
June 21st 2010


35024 Comments


Heh heh heh sucker

fromtheinside
June 21st 2010


19154 Comments


sup bloc, deviant.

bloc
June 21st 2010


35024 Comments


Sup LP, haven't seen you for quite some time.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


31620 Comments


Chilling in a Miley thread, praying for a sextape

fromtheinside
June 21st 2010


19154 Comments


yeah it's been a while, had to get the comp fixed. and i believe a sextape might skyrocket her passed madonna. js.



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