Miley Cyrus’ new EP marks the star’s latest reinvention. She has long ditched her Disney star reputation and has matured out of her twerking/attention-seeking days. Now, she has embraced all of her experiments and has released a pretty decent pop EP.
“Mother’s Daughter” is an instant tune. “Oh my God, she got the power /
Well, look at her, she got the power”, Miley sings. And yes, Miley does have the power. After her hiatus from the limelight, it seems that she has found her own style and is making the seductively debaucherous pop music she wants to make.
In “Unholy”, she challenges her critics, singing “So what I’m a little unholy / So is everyone else.” In other words, anyone who judges her daring decisions ought to remember that she is no different to most other young women in their 20s.
“Cattitude” is the EP highlight, and not just because it features RuPaul, who introduces her by satirizing her critics in the sassiest possible way. The song is an anthem for anyone who doesn’t give a damn and she fires shots at her critics from all angles. “I love you Selena, but I listen to Demi. I love you Nicki, but I listen to Cardi,” she spits, referencing her feud earlier in the year. She later clarified on the line, saying: “I don’t actually think there is beef now anymore. I think you’re allowed to enjoy two artists that fill a similar lane and I always grew up collaborating with Demi, Selena and there was never any competition.”
“Party Up The Street” is nothing special but it has potential. We’d be curious to see what Major Lazer or Flume would do with it. A remix would shake it up and could potentially transform it into a banger. As it stands though, it’s skippable.
Album closer “The Most” is quite different from the earlier tracks but it sounds authentic. The Miley we hear sounds like a real person and not the wild, too-famous-for-her-own-good 23-year-old we were all listening to in 2016. We can’t help but get “The Climb” nostalgia when she admits: “I don’t know why you still believe in me.” It seems like the star has finally found her voice and we’re ready to give her another chance as a result.