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Breakout

Miley Cyrus

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Album Review

Technically, Breakout is Miley Cyrus' second album, but her first was part of the two-disc set Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, which attempted to capitalize on Cyrus' huge popularity as The Disney Channel's pop star in disguise and establish her as a real pop star under her own name. Though she scored a tween-pop hit with "See You Again," the songs Cyrus recorded as herself on Meet Miley Cyrus weren't significantly different than her Hannah Montana fare. She takes another step toward having her own pop identity with Breakout, the first album credited to Miley Cyrus alone. Breakout is possibly the most generic title this set of songs could have, but it expresses the album's purpose nicely: Miley sheds the confines of her Hannah Montana image for an identity that is just as stylized and calculated as her alter ego. As with all Disney music, nothing has been left to chance. Breakout hits all the marks that a 2008 pop album should, right down to a dance remix and a song about saving the environment; cunningly, "Wake Up America" is one of the album's catchiest moments. These songs were written and produced by committee, designed to present the feisty, carefree Miley (the title track's schoolgirl rebellion) and the sensitive Miley ("The Driveway," "Goodbye") to the widest audience possible. Truth be told, these sides of Miley still aren't drastically different from Hannah Montana's music — "Full Circle," with its bubbly melody and playful lyrics, plays like a slightly more sophisticated Hannah Montana single. Cyrus' sound is still a mix of Avril Lavigne-esque sass and Michelle Branch-like vulnerability, served with a bright sheen borrowed from new wave, which she nods to with an oddly rushed, strings-driven cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Cyrus' voice is deeper and rougher than when she's singing as Hannah, and there are a few more reflective moments here than there would be on her other project, but only a handful of songs truly break out from the Montana mold. "Bottom of the Ocean" is so polished and restrained that it could be a hit on triple-A radio, while "7 Things" is a twangy, clever piece of love-hate pop that feels descended from Shania Twain's flirty mix of rock and country. The controlling boyfriend putdown "Fly on the Wall" goes in a completely different direction, playing like a G-rated version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" with fuzzed-out guitars and keyboards that lead into girlishly snotty vocals. Even if these songs are derivative of much more established pop divas, they provide clues to the kind of company Cyrus aims to keep. And while Breakout isn't as much of a breakthrough as it could be, it still moves Miley closer to an identity and career outside of Hannah.

Customer Reviews

Surprised...

Honestly, I'm not a big Miley Cyrus fan, and when I heard her single "7 Things", I thought her album would be horrible, but I was definetely wrong. "Breakout" is actually a good album, even though I don't care for songs such as "7 Things" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (no one can beat the original version of that song). My favorite songs are: "Breakout"- is good to dance to, has a good beat, and has pretty good lyrics "The Driveway"- has good lyrics and a good beat "These Four Walls"- this song almost has a country vibe, has good lyrics, and shows off Miley's voice "Simple Song"- is really pretty and just what the title says, i love it "Goodbye"- has really good lyrics, is pretty, and shows off Miley's voice I hope this review helped! :)

Energetic/sassy she's growing up

its a good CD for your kids, i bought it for my daughters and they love it, ones 16 and the other one is 12 its all they listen to in the car and i hate to admit but i kinda enjoy it too. haha

Better than Expected

Miley's new CD has a much older sound to it. Some of the songs still have that Disney/little kid feel to it, but overall this really is Miley "breaking out". The vocals have been "pumped up" a lot by her producer. The backup vocals are what make the songs likable and give everything that extra kick. I give this CD four out of five because it was a lot better than I imagined, even if most of it is phony.

Biography

Born: November 23, 1992 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Miley Cyrus became an overnight sensation in 2006 as the lead of the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana, but as the years went on, she established herself as a pop star in her own right. Overnight popularity wasn't a new thing for the Cyrus family; Miley's father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, went from obscurity to stardom in a few short months in 1992, when "Achy Breaky Heart" became a crossover hit. The success of "Achy Breaky Heart" was hardly the only memorable event for Billy...
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