Bangerz

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Disjointed album has f-bombs, sex, and drugs galore.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
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.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydanielleandrea February 13, 2016
Adult Written byJoeM 4 December 14, 2015

Gross

This album is horrible and should not be seen by any children!
Kid, 12 years old March 26, 2014

No. Just No.

Ah...Miley Cyrus. A long time ago in her Hannah Montana times, I thought she was a good role model for kids. Now I hear her name and I cringe. Simply put, I do... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bytrisprior_not_ February 28, 2014

Miley's Maturing.

Miley is fine, for 15 year olds and older. Miley is really.................good but like if your like mature enough to handle it.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release date: October 8, 2013
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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