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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Miley Cyrus' hip-hop-influenced album Bangerz is definitely for older teens and up. Full of explicit language (including "f--k" and the "N" word), drug references, sexual themes, and with a very sexy video for "Wrecking Ball," Bangerz shows that Miley has completely left her Disney image behind.
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What's the story?
Former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus has paired up with producer Mike Will Made It and guest artists such as Britney Spears and Nelly on her fourth album BANGERZ. As the track "Love Money Party" suggests, the album is mostly about relationships and living a lifestyle full of partying, drugs, and sex.
Is it any good?
Though you have to give Cyrus credit for trying out a lot of different sounds on Bangerz -- it features hip-hop beats, some country twang, and a pop few ballads, among other genres -- the album mostly feels disjointed. "Wrecking Ball" and the opening track "Adore You" are really the only songs where it feels like Miley has really found her voice, and, unfortunately, "Adore You" is kind of a snooze.
The album's themes also get old really fast. If a song isn't about doing drugs, it's about getting your heart broken. Though that can definitely be a successful pop theme (see any Taylor Swift song), most of the songs lack the depth to make them truly work. Hopefully by her next album, Miley learns that insisting you're an adult doesn't actually make you one and finds the depth that's hinted at in "Wrecking Ball."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Cyrus' promotion for Bangerz. Along with her very risque VMA performance with Robin Thicke and her sexy video for "Wrecking Ball," Cyrus did a mostly nude photo shoot with Terry Richardson. Why do you think most of her promotions for the album have been so sexual?
Do you agree with the rumors that the break-up-themed tracks on the album are about Cyrus' former boyfriend Liam Hemsworth?
What do you think Cyrus is looking to prove with this album? Does this record change your perception of her in any way?
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