Bangerz

 
Disjointed album has f-bombs, sex, and drugs galore.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The album's glamorization of casual sex, drugs, and the party lifestyle isn't a good example for kids.

Positive role models

The former Disney star continues to promote a hypersexualized and drug-fueled image with this album and her promotion of it, which doesn't make her a great role model.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Many of the songs have sexual themes, especially "#Getitright," which has an explicit label for sexual language like "I'm dancing in the mirror / I feel like I got no panties on." The music video for "Wrecking Ball" also shows a naked Miley writhing on top of a wrecking ball and suggestively stroking and licking a sledgehammer.

Language

Five of the tracks have explicit labels for language, including "SMS (Bangerz)," "4x4," "Love, Money, Party,"  "FU," and "Do My Thang." Miley says "f--k," "bitch," and "s--t" on many of the tracks, and guest artist Nelly says the "N" word multiple times on "4x4."

Consumerism

Many of the songs are about partying and living the high life.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The album features numerous drug and alcohol references including to ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana. In "SMS (Bangerz)," the lyrics also refer to purple drank ("that must be the purple"), which is prescription cough syrup mixed with soda.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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."

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Miley Cyrus
Release date:October 8, 2013
Type:Album
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous October 15, 2013
age 18+
 

She's 20 Years Old now. She has changed to what she wanted to be.

Miley Cyrus is no longer a disney star. Because is has changed & she is not changing back to the way she was. She said it on the Today Show. Miley Cyrus just wants to be the way she is now. So I am saying that she no longer for kids in this year we call 2013. Miley Cyrus is just NOT FOR KIDS anymore. All of the Sex, Violence, Language, Drugs, Her Nudity too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byArjunjbsriram October 19, 2013
age 12+
 

Everyone is overreacting slightly

The reviews here are extremely harsh because everyone expects clean songs from Miley. However, if we forget the artist for a second and just listen to the songs it is overly inappropriate. 6 songs are rated explicit on iTunes (SMS, 4x4, Love Money Party, #GETITRIGHT, FU, Do My Thang). SMS has repeated uses of the F word and is one of the most vulgar tracks on the album. 4x4 is not very explicit with 2 uses of n**** and one use of mother******. Love Money Party has 1 use of b**** and 2 uses of sh!t. #GETITRIGHT is rated explicit not for language, as it has none, but for sexual lyrics. There are a few references in the song to how her legs and thighs are feeling. The most sexual line is "I feel like I got no panties on". The overall sexual content in the song is simply moderate. The song FU has an implied swear word in the title itself, which therefore is repeated. However she simply says "F U" and not the vulgar phrase. There is simply 1 use of sh!t. As for Do My Thang, there are 3 uses of f**k, 5 uses of b**** and 1 use of sh!t. This is one of the most questionable songs in the album. The rest of the album is not rated explicit and contains some suggestive lines and some references to substances and alcohol. So as you can see, overall the explicitness for this album is not so high if benchmarked against other pop albums. The reason people are treating this like a big deal is because they benchmark it against Miley Cyrus's previous albums which were all extremely kid friendly. As for the quality of the album, it's hard to say because it is a confusing mix. Miley releases some RnB influenced tracks, some hip-hop influenced tracks, some country influenced tracks and some pop influenced tracks. Therefore, there is a large range of quality. Some songs are extremely nice (We can't stop, Wrecking ball, 4x4) and some are not particularly appealing to the ears due to an overuse of repetitive beats and repetitive uncreative lyrics (Love Money Party, Do My Thang, etc). Enjoy the Album! Preteens proceed with caution.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bystanmarshluvr94 November 5, 2013
age 18+
 

RIP Brain Cells

We get it, Hannah Montana. You love getting drunk and high and raping random men.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bybeachgirl15 October 26, 2013
age 17+
 

Do NOT buy this album

Okay, first off, this album is terrible. Just horrible. For one thing, it's not just her movie career that's going down the toilet; it's also her MUSIC! Every, single song on this album is so degrading to women that the any parents' daughters' who listen to this crap would feel ashamed! I feel ashamed listening to this rubbish. And to these idiots who say that we people are overreacting over her songs or that she's singing out of a broken heart, they're clearly dumb. We're not overreacting, our parents are trying to protect us from listening to messages that are immoral. After all, this is why this website is called Common Sense. Whatever people call this music, is not. Don't buy this album if you want to protect your kids. And for the record, she COULD be singing out of a broken heart but she does NOT need to go this far to gain attention. Plus, she isn't marriage material. So I hope she'll turn her life around soon, cuz' with this trash she's making, she ain't getting anywhere.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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