I know there’s a lot of shit going around about Miley Cyrus, and I am no innocent bystander in the process of throwing piles of hot, steaming slander at her through the years. I’m not going to talk about her evolution or ‘devolution’ as many prefer to term it, because frankly it’s been discussed too much for my liking. Talking about it isn’t going to do anything because like she has rightly said, it’s her life and she can do what she wants. If we expect the same freedom, I guess so can she. And you know what, people change. #Life.
Behaviour aside I really want to talk about her new song ‘Wrecking Ball’ from her upcoming album Bangerz, and here’s the shocker: I love it. I feel it’s one of the most honest and raw songs she’s come up with. Like a lot of songs about heartbreak, there is regret and tears, but there is also anger and the bitter tinge of masochism in self-destruction along with the demolition of a relationship. I think love is extremely destructive, and the comparison of her to a wrecking ball signifies that destructive, invasive power a lover has over the other.
True, it’s not often that we connect the word ‘deep’ to Miley Cyrus, but I feel in this song at least she has succeeded in touching a depth she seldom does. It reminds me a little of ‘When I Look At You’, and I absolutely loved that song, although not her vocals. She has improved greatly and sounds way less nasal than she used to. She also looks incredible in the video. She’s got a fantastic body and an attitude sharp enough to cut. Although a lot of people were disapproving of her nudity [I’ll admit I wasn’t too sure about it initially, either] watching the video again just showed me that we can safely say that her new image and vocals leave Hannah Montana in the dust, and for that I cannot be more grateful.
Maybe the ‘Disney Death’ was the goal, [though I think the VMAs did that job already] or maybe it really is a rendition of her feelings on her break up with Liam Hemsworth, all I know is that I love it, the video, the song, everything.
The only thing that irks me is when she licks the hammer at one point, but then again the masochism is evident in the action. Terry Richardson as a director focuses on the raw core of an artist when he captures them on film, and this video is no different. I wouldn’t recommend watching it with your parents.