Cyrus flourishes in new rock genre with “Plastic Hearts”


Miley Cyrus released her new album “Plastic Hearts” Nov. 27. In the album, Cyrus embraces her new rock persona that significantly contrasts her “Hannah Montana” days.
I was hesitant to listen to her album because I didn’t know what to expect. The last experience I had listening to Miley Cyrus was watching her swing on a wrecking ball when I was in elementary school, which scared me a little. I was interested in this album, though, because of the previous release of two songs featured on the album: “Midnight Sky” and “Heart of Glass.” Both of these songs intrigued me because of their unique sound and rock ‘n’ roll feel. I was also drawn in by Cyrus’ cover of “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” I love this song, and Cyrus added a nice twist to it.
The album includes 15 songs with collaborations with Dua Lipa, Billy Idol, Joan Jett and the queen herself, Stevie Nicks. My favorite song is the title track, “Plastic Hearts.” I loved this song because the lyrics portray Cyrus trying her best, but eventually giving up on trying to do everything perfectly. This song is one I can see myself singing to release the stress of living in a complicated world.
My other favorites are “Angels Like You,” “High” and “Edge of Midnight.” “Angels Like You” is a beautiful heartbreak song in which Cyrus expresses her sorrow with catchy and fitting instrumentals in the back. In the song “High,” Cyrus takes a break from the outwardly rock ‘n’ roll sound with a musical masterpiece. I can see myself belting the lyrics out to this song in my shower. My final favorite is “Edge of Midnight.” This song is a mashup of Cyrus’s “Midnight Sky” and Stevie Nicks’s “Edge of Seventeen.” “Edge of Midnight” is a mashup I did not know I desired, but it’s uplifting and freeing sound is everything 2020 needed.
Along with a 15-track album, Cyrus also came out with a music video for her song “Prisoner” with Dua Lipa. The music video is exactly how you would expect a Cyrus rock song video to be. It is quite an odd video to watch, with closeups of Cyrus’ and Lipa’s mouths singing and a scene where they pour Maraschino cherry juice on themselves to look like blood; but overall, the video encompasses Cyrus’ new genre flawlessly with her and Lipa having fun. I also really enjoyed the parts of the video that were grainy to look like an vintage MTV music video.
All in all, Cyrus’ new album perfectly encases her unique voice in a new way. All of these songs will be added to my playlists to spice up my primarily pop music taste. I will definitely continue to listen to this album and scream my heart out to these songs.