by Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus
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After the release of Can't Be Tamed, Miley Cyrus took a break from singing and focused on her film career for a few years, allowing her to make a big comeback to music at the tender age of 20. Like so many Disney starlets, Cyrus needed to distance herself from her tween pop past; Can't Be Tamed tiptoed toward a more adult persona, but Bangerz kicks down the doors. This is her first non-Disney album, and in many ways it feels like a debut, an R&B and hip-hop-tinged coming-out party that introduces Miley as an A-list pop star. Bangerz's guest list is packed with star producers, including Pharrell Williams and Mike WiLL Made It, and vocalists like Britney Spears, who cameos on the fizzy "SMS (Bangerz)." Cyrus has taken cues from more established pop stars in the past -- Can't Be Tamed often evoked Ke$ha -- but one of the models for this album is clearly Rihanna. Miley's summer 2013 hit "We Can't Stop" was even originally offered to Rihanna, and they share a nasally buzz in their singing and a commitment to partying in their songs (if possible, "Love Money Party" sounds even more like a Rihanna-be than "We Can't Stop"). Bangerz's take on R&B is most convincing when it's balanced with Cyrus' country and pop roots, as on the Pharrell productions "4x4," an improbable but entertaining piece of country-rap featuring Nelly, and "#GETITRIGHT," which is so bouncy it almost sounds innocent despite Miley's insistence that she wants to be naughty. Cyrus and company also spend plenty of time sampling other early-2010s trends, whether it's the wobbly, dubstep-like synths on "Drive" or the EDM-leaning ballad "Someone Else," but on every track, she sounds more mature than ever before. Despite its flashier moments, there are also plenty of ballads, something hinted at by the album's second single, "Wrecking Ball." Bangerz even opens with a slow song (the unabashedly romantic "Adore You"), which in its own way is almost as bold a move as the publicity events that preceded the album's release. Brassy empowerment jams like "Maybe You're Right," "Do My Thang," and "FU" sell Cyrus as an independent woman, and the album accomplishes that mission: Bangerz transforms Miley into a pop star who won't -- and can't -- be ignored as she rings in her twenties. [A clean version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2013
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888837452427
catalogNumber: 374524
Rank: 177106

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miley Cyrus   Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Concert Master
David Campbell   Conductor
John Wittenberg   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Rudy Stein   Celli
Darrin McCann   Viola
Chad Hugo   Guitar
Steven Wolf   Drums
Sara Perkins   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Songa Lee   Violin
Steve Richards   Celli
Joel Pargman   Violin
Paul Dateh   Violin
Grace E. Oh   Violin
Stephen Moccio   Piano
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

Ben E. King   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Douglas Davis   Composer
Maureen McDonald   Composer
Tim Roberts   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Ricky Walters   Composer
John Shanks   Composer
Tish Cyrus   Management
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer   Producer,Engineer
Chad Hugo   Whistle
Jean Baptiste   Composer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Sacha Skarbek   Composer
Ruben Rivera   Engineer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
John Hanes   Engineer
Larry Rudolph   Management
Stephan Moccio   Composer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Sean Garrett   Composer
Rob Kinelski   Vocal Engineer
Miley Cyrus   Composer,Executive Producer
Matthew Testa   Vocal Engineer
Marz   Producer
Padraic "Padlock" Kerin   Engineer
Melissa Ruderman   Management
Stacy Barthe   Composer
Oren Yoel   Composer,Producer
Mike McHenry   Producer
Cornell Haynes   Composer
Samuel Jean   Composer
Timothy Thomas   Composer
Ryan Buendia   Composer
Theron Thomas   Composer
Mike Caffrey   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer
Michael McHenry   Composer
Jeremy Felton   Composer
Camaron Ochs   Composer
Jake Gorski   Pro-Tools
Rock City   Vocal Producer
Sven Heidinga   Engineer
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Stephen Hybicki   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Karl Petersen   Engineer
Adam Leber   Management
Michael L. Williams   Composer
Marquel Middlebrooks   Composer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Rami Afuni   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
William Adams   Composer
Karim Kharbouch   Composer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
P-Nasty   Producer
Pierre Ramon Slaughter   Composer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer,Executive Producer
Phil Allen   Engineer
Tyler Sam Johnson   Composer,Additional Production
Kyle Edwards   Composer,Producer
Henry Walter   Composer

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