By Taylor Mascetta
We’re only a week into December and Miley Cyrus is already taking the entire month by storm. She’s absolutely blown up on TikTok, popping up in comment sections galore. This surge in popularity has helped her newly-released album, “Plastic Hearts” reach the top of the charts. In the album, Cyrus collaborates with Dua Lipa, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks; it also includes a remixed version of the lead single “Midnight Sky” along with two covers.
Cyrus has undergone multiple shifts in her musical style over the years, “Plastic Hearts” is no different. She swaps out her poppy persona for a grungier pop-rock inspiration, and the change completely works for. Her voice, raspy and soulful, matches well with the record’s riffing guitar solos and synthetic beats.
“Plastic Hearts,” “WTF Do I Know,” “Midnight Sky,” and “Prisoner” (feat. Dua Lipa) are hits in the making. “WTF Do I Know” starts the album off with a bang, with Cyrus’ lyrics conveying a refusal to apologize to a past lover (cough cough, Liam Hemsworth) as electric guitars roar in the background. “Plastic Hearts” incorporates a catchy chorus with a bongo-drum beat, and “Prisoner” combines Lipa’s disco-inspired sound with Cyrus’s punkier style perfectly. The initial single for the record, “Midnight Sky,” feels as empowering as ever, and Cyrus only improves upon it with a remix with rock n’ roll legend Stevie Nicks.
One cannot talk about “Plastic Hearts” without mentioning Cyrus’s exceptional covers of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” In particular, Cyrus belts out “Heart of Glass” in a spectacular fashion, and the performance actually rivals the original. However, “Zombie” is just as good, with The Cranberries giving the cover the stamp of their approval.
Overall, Miley Cyrus succeeds in her rock-pop transition within “Plastic Hearts,” establishing a whole new era for her career. Will Cyrus be as renowned as other rock legends in a few years? Only time will tell, but I sure hope she does.