PLASTIC HEARTS: a review

I’ll say it: 2020 Miley is the most fucking impressive Miley to date.

Her covers. Her haircut. Her activism. Her ALBUM.

Miley dropped her 7th studio album as herself (I think her 17th if we add in Hannah Montana’s multiple albums and concert & movie soundtracks) November 27th, 2020 and I’ve had it on repeat ever since.

Let me just say, this is the record & the vibe I’ve been waiting for from Miley! We got a taste of this with her single “Slide Away”, and again in “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”, but it’s fully fledged, fully developed, fully badass. In my opinion, these are some of her most sophisticated lyrics, her most developed ideas, her best vocals. Not to fuqqin mention the incredible covers she’s served up in doing press for this album [ I couldn’t help but include them at the end]. Rocker Miley is the Miley 2020 needed.

Ever since the Gypsy Heart era, I knew this bitch was meant to release some sort of rock album, mainly because she said that she fucking wanted to release a rock album. Her voice perfect for it, her vibe is killer. I mean this became one of my most favorite Miley albums from my very first listen.

And a first-listen-love, shit is rare!

Also this is a side note, but I really do like the hair. It’s a vibe. Not one I could pull off, but she’s got it.

Without further ado, here’s my review of Miley’s groundbreaking Plastic Hearts:

WTF DO I KNOW: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The bass line opens the album and truthfully it’s fantastic, sexy, makes you want to rev your engine–that kind of thing. She really couldn’t have picked a better song to lead her album in my humble opinion. It sets the scene, it paints a pic of who she’s been and who she is now. An instant departure from her pop tracks of the past, it sets the pace for the consecutive tracks so well.

PLASTIC HEARTS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Sunny place with shady people”, baby. It sums up life in Los Angeles pretty well. The beat is reminiscent of “All Right Here”, an incredibly important hit. Reminds me a bit of a Jungle-Book-esque kind of fun, bouncing beat. Kind of feels like we’re roller-blading down the Venice boardwalk, dodging the shady bitches, engaging with the crazy bitches, and enjoying our lives.

ANGELS LIKE YOU:⭐️⭐️⭐️

She’s like: don’t get it twisted. You can’t fly down here… this hit packs a punch musically but mainly in the lyrics. I really like the way the song pans from right to left with the beginning notes. “I’m everything they said I would be” is such a fuckin intense line to me. Introspectively it’s a little heartbreaking. Extra-spectively it’s heartbreaking [not a word I don’t think but I dig it and so can you]. To me this song is layered and sad, but can almost pass as just a nice song calling someone an angel because of the tone, if that makes sense? The solitude of the video as well as her pretty much solely laying on her stomach invokes some garden of Eden slithering, reinforcing the border between angels and those who fly down there with her.

PRISONER ft. dua lipa: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s the radio hit we need! I did kind of think it invokes Olivia Newton John’s iconic “Physical” from like, you know, beat one, but all great beats are regurgitated. I’m happy the We also have a video to review — bloodier than I thought it would be?! The second single release from the album, “Prisoner” keeps Miley on the pop charts.

GIMMIE WHAT I WANT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What can I say except give the gir what she wants!! Very dope beat / rhythm combo, definitely invokes a pedal-to-the-metal, moon roof open, vape sucking kind of midnight drive. It’s sexy without being revealing or raunchy. It’s a short song, packs a punch. Leads very nicely into the next track.

NIGHT CRAWLING ft. Billy Idol:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

GOTTA LISTEN WHEN THE DEVIL’S CALLING, okay?! Love it. The edge, the drama, Billy Idol. It feels kind of like an ’80s horror rock hit. Perfect for an elevated haunted house theme. I absolutely love the tone of Miley’s voice in this song. Billy Idol adds so much to the song as well. I love the choice in collaborators.

MIDNIGHT SKY:⭐️⭐️⭐️

The lead single from the album. I 100% always mix the bridge from “Don’t Call Me Angel” into the bridge of this song because it honestly fits so well. Similar vibe, similar structure, similar melodies. In hindsight of the album, this was a great single to release first because it’s a great intro into the pop-rock moment Plastic Hearts occupies so well. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but not my favorite from the album.

HIGH:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Like is anyone else getting some like Bret Michaels slow rock, country vibes from this? Obviously not like nitty gritty Bret Michaels but like the vibe. Lucinda Williams adjacent? With an injection of pure pop princess? It’s simple and codependent. I love the line “in my head I did my very best saying goodbye”, because wow. I like that she chose to use a small chorus for some body and depth.

HATE ME: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love the instrumentation in the song, the way it feels warm but removed. She sings it so well. I love that they edited it to feel as though there are multiple Mileys singing “I wonder what would happen if I died, I hope all of my friends get drunk and high. Would it be too hard to say goodbye, I hope that it’s enough to make you cry. Maybe that day you won’t hate me.” It’s heavy but somehow withheld?

BAD KARMA ft. joan jett:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Instantly one of my favorites because I, too, “never learn my lesson” & end up doing everything twice. Also I’ve been waiting for another Joan Jett collab since their Happy Hippie Backyard Sessions cover of “Different”. “Bad Karma” is so, so much better though. The breaths!! I love a song with strategically utilized breathing.

NEVER BE ME: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

ARE YOU LISTENING? The self awareness is next level. This feels eerily similar to every single time I analyze every aspect of what and who I am as it relates to the people in my life. However, I am flighty as fuck so “If you think I’m someone to get up and leave” YUP THAT’S ME (that’s so Raven voice)….anyway, It’s a solid song, I like it, but it’s truthfully my least favorite from the album.

GOLDEN G STRING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One really should go check out the Apple Music backyard session for this because every single part of it is just so well done, the staging, the costumes, everything. Beyond that performance, the song is peak Miley. Specifically, Dead Petz Miley mashing seamlessly with rock country and it is everything. Fuck up the patriarchy, Miles.

EDGE OF MIDNIGHT ft. Stevie Nicks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I think they did a really nice job with this! It’s different than I would’ve imagined more mashed than remixed. I’m a slut for Stevie Nicks, and while i do wish they would’ve just collab-ed on a separate song, I’ll take it. Plus, after wearing out “Midnight Sky” it’s a welcome switch-up.

THE COVERS:

HEART OF GLASS (Live from the iHeart Festival) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Her. Voice. This became a widely-used sound on TikTok and definitely replaced the original version in any corner of my head.

ZOMBIE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The final track of the album and one of the early single releases. Her VOICE.

DOLL PARTS: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

[NOT ON THE ALBUM BUT A COVER SHE DID PROMOTING PLASTIC HEARTS AND IT’S SO GOOD I NEEDED TO INCLUDE IT] HER VOICE!!

BOYS DON’T CRY: 🌟🌟🌟

Another not on the album but performed in promotion of the album, these covers kill.

MANEATER: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

[NOT ON THE ALBUM BUT PERFORMED IN PROMOTION OF THE ALBUM]

COMMUNICATION: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

[NOT ON THE ALBUM BUT PERFORMED IN PROMOTION OF THE ALBUM]

i gOT SO HIGH THAT I SAW JESUS [NOAH FT. MILEY] 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

[NOT ON THE ALBUM BUT PERFORMED IN PROMOTION OF THE ALBUM] So good. So good. Better than the original, 13/10.

SWEET JANE [Velvet Underground COVER] 🌟🌟🌟

[NOT ON THE ALBUM BUT PERFORMED IN PROMOTION OF THE ALBUM]

gimmie more [britney spears cover] 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

[NOT ON THE ALBUM BUT PERFORMED IN PROMOTION OF THE ALBUM]

SO GOOD.

So there you have it. Overall, I’m giving Plastic Hearts 7/5 stars!! It’s so good. So, so good. Give it a spin TODAY if you haven’t already, I promise you won’t regret a second.

-chasertheprince

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