Miley Cyrus ‘Plastic Hearts’ Review

2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival – Night 2 – Show

Miley Cyrus is back, and her new album ‘Plastic Hearts’ hits like none before. 

Cyrus’ 7th installment is supercharged, alternative, and raw. 

The album kicks off with ‘WTF Do I Know’, the fast-paced track portrays anger, and a vent for the American to get her message off her chest.

The album then transitions into a bongo-led beat from the album title-track ’Plastic Hearts’. The song builds up towards Miley unleashing her dark chorus. 

(Miley Cyrus)

Miley Cyrus is a profound name in pop; however, this album is pure rock, led by strong vocals and backed by her powerful band with distinct electric guitar riffs and resilient drums. 

We see a change of pace in the form of the ballad ‘Angels Like You’, followed by a resurgence with the next track, the previously released mega-collaboration with Dua Lipa, ‘Prisoner’. 

The next two tunes tack us time traveling back to the 80’s. This is helped by another collaboration, this time with none other than the legendary music icon Billy Idol in ‘Night Crawling’. This song offers electro vibes and could almost appear on Two Door Cinema Club’s latest album ‘False Alarm’. 

(Billy Idol & Miley Cyrus)

This goes to show the transition Miley has undertaken. In an industry where it is so easy to be forgotten, and in a generation swooped by the next ‘viral storm’, Miley has reinvented herself to stay relevant. And if you’re questioning whether it has paid off, the Number 1 Rock album accolade ‘Plastic Hearts’ has just received speaks volumes. 

Next up is the song that kicked off this new era of glamour rock, ‘Midnight Sky’, this song plus the next two ‘High’ and ‘Hate Me’ help show off the immense capability of the singer’s vocals. 

Miley is no stranger to the attention, yet this album takes her back to what she really is, it deprives focus on the antics, and instead lets us see the true Miley, in her rawest form.  

The collabs keep coming, ‘Bad Karma’ features Joan Jett and the remixed version of ‘Midnight Sky’ appears, with who else but Stevie Nicks!

(Miley Cyrus & Stevie Nicks)

“If you ever need stable, that’ll Never Be Me” is perhaps the most characteristic ‘Miley lyric’ on the album from ‘Never Be Me’ and this song is perhaps the most personal, with the artist even name dropping herself within. 

(Plastic Hearts Album Artwork)

The album culminates with two of the best covers in recent memory. Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ and The Cranberries ‘Zombie’ are live performed to impeccable justice. 

It’s very refreshing to see a mega artist reform and change up their style. The music industry is led by powerful record companies who have watered down creativity and insist on algorithms to create the perfect recipe for a pop song to go ‘big’. This album almost feels like it’s a fightback from Miley, it’s a personal project and a message to these companies showing that she has independently broken free. 

Miley Cyrus’s ‘Plastic Hearts’ is available now across all music streaming services.