Album Review: Miley Cyrus, ‘Breakout’

Album Review: Miley Cyrus, ‘Breakout’

As the title suggests, Breakout is the 15-year-old Miley Cyrus’s first album produced outside of her “Hannah Montana” Disney Diva persona. However, there really isn’t much to differentiate the two projects: both aggressively round out any and all rough edges as to appeal to everyone and offend no one. On Breakout, everything that made “See […]

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As the title suggests, Breakout is the 15-year-old Miley Cyrus’s first album produced outside of her “Hannah Montana” Disney Diva persona. However, there really isn’t much to differentiate the two projects: both aggressively round out any and all rough edges as to appeal to everyone and offend no one. On Breakout, everything that made “See You Again” a top 10 hit is missing – a remix of which is tacked on as a bonus track – with the ’80s-inspired, dance-rock sound of that success eschewed in favour of bland middle-of-the-road production. Cyrus has a co-writing credit on all but two of Breakout‘s tracks, but unless you consider “Suddenly my cell phone’s blowin’ up with your ringtone” high poetry, there are no saving graces to be found in the lyrics either. Only three tracks rise slightly above the mediocrity: the energetic pop-rock of “Full Circle” and “Fly on the Wall,” and the pulsating ballad “Bottom of the Ocean.” No doubt Cyrus’s legion of fans won’t mind even her dreadful cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” but that’s not saying much. There’s no honour to be found in being a watered-down version of Avril Lavigne. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Cyrus sounds like here.


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  • I have to disagree with Mr. Ballantyne, and I wonder how old he is. The fact that he can’t see that this is a great cd for the teen tween crowd that it was created for shows his age and inability to touch base with a huge segment of that population. I get sooo tired of critics basing the idea of their reviews on what THEY think the kids should like. Miley Cyrus is where she should be as a performer and song writer, she is progressing and maturing and so her music will do the same.
    As for the comparison to Avril, if you think that Sk8ter boi is great poetry…..well I,m
    not sure you should be a critic.

  • I really like this song and I think Miley is a good supermodel for Kids and I think thats great cause Im 8!

    I love Avril Lavigne she is my favorite singer shes not a good supermodel for kids but Im her #1 fan and lots of other kids like her to!

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