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"Wrecking Ball" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while the former Disney star's single "Wrecking Ball" has fairly clean lyrics, the music video is not appropriate for young children. In the video Cyrus is either in very little clothing or completely naked (private parts are not shown) and is shown suggestively stroking a sledgehammer and writhing naked on top of a wrecking ball. The lyrics do mention kissing and are about relationships, but with no iffy language or references to drugs or alcohol, the song itself is okay for older tweens and up.
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What's the story?
Former Disney star Miley Cyrus' song "WRECKING BALL" is the second single from her album Bangerz. The track talks about the consequences of jumping into love too quickly and likens the emotional destruction to a wrecking ball. The song's music video shows Cyrus destroying a brick wall with a sledgehammer in very little clothing, suggestively riding a wrecking ball while completely nude, and making out with the sledgehammer.
Is it any good?
If you just listen to "Wrecking Ball" and avoid the video completely, it's probably Miley's best single ever. You can hear the emotion in her voice in the quieter parts, and it really shows a range that's lacking in most of her other music. It's a great track that would fit right in on a Katy Perry or Lana Del Ray album.
The music video, on the other hand, is laughable and kind of hard to watch. Rather than adding to her emotional vulnerability, the excessive nudity and over-sexualization takes away from the song's message, which seems to imply the need for a deeper emotional connection ("I guess I should have let you in").
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