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Review: Miley Cyrus’ 'She Is Coming' shows a new style with a bad twist

Miley Cyrus 'She is Coming' EP

Miley Cyrus worked hard to shake off that innocent Disney child star status with that now infamous MTV Music Awards performance. Now, she’s married and has lost some of that wild child air from 2013.

Kinda.

“She Is Coming” is part one in a four-part project. Cyrus gives the lyrics an explicit more matured wild thing take but with an eclectic mix of electric, rock and pop music.

“Mother’s Daughter” opens the album with a trap inspired intro before shifting to a more traditional but darker pop-like rhythm. Somehow, Cyrus’s softer tone expresses some seriously empowering lyrics about her attitude to the things people are saying about her. In the song, Cyrus fully accepts her wild child reputation, pushing back the haters wanting to experience her freedom. The percussive beat highlighted by synthetic piano notes adds layers to the song making the song sound new and different.

Cyrus pulls more out of the trap gene’s bag of tricks as the album progresses. An almost dreamy opening decorated with glittering synthetic chimes continues through the song as a strange interference in the background “Unholy” is a chill song. This lends towards Cyrus’s admission to drinking and getting high along with everyone else. Like in “Mother’s Daughter,” Cyrus takes control of her untamed reputation and her participation in the rockstar life of partying and getting intoxicated. A theme that continues through the album.

In the next song, “D.R.E.A.M” featuring Ghostface Killah, that party atmosphere is investigated more, showing the darker side. The lyrics themselves seem to hype up the drug clouded nights, the soft almost fragil tone of Cyrus’s voice paired with the tone down music. The deep pounding beat in the chorus paired with the synthesized guitar create the come-down from the high. It would be a great song but the rap at the very end doesn’t fit. Ghostface Killah’s voice seems to hype the whole mood of the song back up when the chill and calm vibe of the song was a huge part of the appeal.

As soon as that almost relaxing song ends, RuPaul’s voice blares at the listener. “Cattitude” featuring RuPaul seems to only be used for shock factor. Cyrus’s voice is oddly distorted, which isn’t awful but it doesn’t really do anything for the song other than providing a weird effect. The rapid, almost marching band-esce beat adds to the fast intensity of RuPaul and Cyrus’s raps, but there isn’t anything special about the music going on in the background. The lyrics are explicit, not in terms of curse words, but straight up pornographic. The lyrics don't really seem to have anything to say other than being proud of the female anatomy, they only seem to provide shock value throughout song.

Cyrus has matured a lot in terms of style. Most of the songs on the EP have a really cool mix of signature trap elements paired with lyrics Cyrus helped write. But Cyrus still likes the attention and the shock factor. On an EP, one song can be the difference between a decent EP and a great EP. Sadly, that one song makes it difficult to consider this a great EP.

entertainment.ed@ocolly.com