Can't Be Tamed Music Poster Image

Can't Be Tamed

Goodbye, Hannah Montana; too edgy for Miley's youngest fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The messages in this album are a mixed bag. For instance, on "Forgiveness and Love," she gives a positive message about how "the only thing real when push comes to shove are the acts of forgiveness and love." Yet on "Can't Be Tamed," she comes across as downright stuck-up: "Have to get my way, yep, 24 hours a day, 'cause I'm hot like that
/ Every guy everywhere just gives me mad attention, like I'm under inspection / I always get the 10s 'cause I'm built like that."

Positive role models

Though Cyrus shows nowhere near the maturity level of older female pop stars like Lady GaGa or even Ke$ha, this record is an unmistakable step toward adulthood, a step her young fans might not be ready to embrace.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Nothing too graphic, though a few strong allusions to physical intimacy; for example, "We both lie silently still

in the dead of the night
/ Although we both lie close together we feel miles apart inside."

Language

The s-word is bleeped out in one song; some other mild swearing, like "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that on this CD, Miley Cyrus makes a clean break with her younger, more carefree, Hannah Montana days. While there's very little swearing and no graphic sexual descriptions, some songs have clear references to sexual situations, with lyrics that mention two people spending the night together. Even the love songs are more emotionally complex -- all of which should make parents of younger kids think twice before buying this record.

What's the story?

R.I.P., Hannah Montana: there's no trace of her on CAN'T BE TAMED, the latest album from Hannah's real-life alter ego, actress-singer Miley Cyrus. From the belly-baring cover photo to the song lyrics that mention two people spending the night together, the CD is a clear departure from earlier, more innocent Cyrus releases. Though it's a far cry from super-explicit records by young women like Lady GaGa or Ke$ha, this music isn't for the youngest among the Hannah Montana fans.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's ironic that Miley Cyrus is now dressing more (revealingly) like Britney Spears, since the two have always had something else in common: weaker vocals than their peers. And when you don't have the chops to make anything sound good (i.e. Christina Aguilera), everything else about your album -- from the arrangements to the beats -- has to be tight, which is unfortunately not the case with this record. The styles jump all over the place, with some songs ("Liberty Walk") resembling Miley's old power-pop, while others ("Permanent December," "Can't Be Tamed") sound like knock-offs of Ke$ha and Britney. Add in some auto-tune, and the whole thing ends up sounding like somewhat of a mess.

Families can talk about...

  • Parents can talk about what makes young musicians take different paths as they grow and mature. Why do some girls like Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears choose to start dressing provocatively and singing about sexual situations? 

  • Why do other girls like Taylor Swift continue to dress and act more modestly while keeping their songs free of adult content?

Music details

Artist:Miley Cyrus
Release date:June 22, 2010
Label:Hollywood Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of Can't Be Tamed was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 10 years old February 14, 2011

Hate it!!!!!!!!!!

She is trying 2 be an adult while she is just a kid. She is growing up 2 fast. She is losing fans pretty soon her career will be over if she dose not clean up her act fast. She is doing a rated R movie when she is barely old enough to watch one. She is making the worst mistake of her life while her parents just sit there and watch.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byvolleyballnchocolate March 3, 2011

Terrible

Seriously. Does she sing with her nose plugged? What I don't understand is why everyone says she's so talented and so beautiful. I don't really think she is. There are so many stars with real talent that don't rely on Autotune for their voices. As for the album, way too overs*xed. This is nothing like the Hannah Montana we used to think we knew. Miley, as my friend said a few years ago, is turning into the next Britney Spears. Yes, Britney Spears. Except Britney deserves pity because SHE'S had a rough life. She is so, so lame. And I'm sorry that fame has to be wasted on someone who's using it to pollute the world.
Kid, 10 years old February 20, 2015

better than bangerz

This was a transition from Hannah Montana(nice) from her adulthood (mean). She becomes a mean role model
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing