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‘Breakout’ Review from Dana Franks of Media Scribbler

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Dana Franks, from over at Media Scribbler, wrote an awesome review of Breakout, Miley Cyrus‘ new album that dropped today. Dana really focused on Miley's music and set aside all of the scandals everyone else seems to be constantly talking about. Miley created an album, an album she worked very hard on, and the actual music deserves some attention, not just the person behind it. Here's her review. I know you will enjoy it!

Miley Cyrus has said in interviews that she doesn't have many fans over the age of 30. Well Miley, you might be wrong.

Admittedly, I found her show “Hannah Montana” by accident, and started watching it as a mindless diversion. My day job is in the news biz, and when you spend your day writing about rapists and murderers, you need something to take your mind off things. Some people turn to drink, others head to the gym. I go home and watch sitcoms. And nothing takes you away from the troubles of the world more than watching pre-teens whose biggest problem is forgetting their dad's birthday.

But Miley the singer is working very hard to separate herself from Hannah the fictional pop star, and the results have been mixed. The “Meet Miley Cyrus” side of the last Hannah Montana album actually gave her a real, certifiable Pop Hit ™ and was played on mainstream radio. She was featured on “American Idol” and got her own paparazzi posse. But then when she showed up in that questionable picture in “Vanity Fair”, suddenly the engine seemed to blow out on the Miley rebranding bus.

Read the rest of the review below.

Almost every review I've seen online of Miley's new album focuses on whether she's saying anything scandalous or isn't acting her age, and seem to forget she's actually singing on there. So for the purposes of this review, I'm doing my best to forget the Hannah wig and judge her as if she were just an AI finalist or anyone else who has come out of the Disney machine. And as Miley Cyrus the musician, she holds her own, and blows away previous attempts by such notables as Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff to break out in Breakout.

It's clearly still in a place of age-appropriateness, and it's been decades since I've whined about how uncool school is like Miley did on the title track. However, the album doesn't blow bubbles of sunshine and lollipops across the room when you put it in your MP3 player. Miley, who at least co-wrote most of the tracks on “Breakout”, definitely has her emo side. Any woman who has been hurt can relate to “These Four Walls”, “Goodbye”, “Bottom of the Ocean”, and even to the hit single with the teenagery video “7 Things”.

Where Miley shines brightest is when she's let loose to sing her heart out like any great pop star would. Which is why I will commit almost unforgivable sacrilige against the memories of 80's bubblegum and say that she did an incredible job with Cyndi Lauper‘s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. In fact, I think she should release it as a single. Her producer made a great decision by not completely copying Lauper's version and by backing it with orchestration, because it sounds completely different. And while it's hard to see a 15-year-old backtalking her parents after being out all night, it certainly beats other teen singles who imply a lot more familiarity with boys than holding hands.

It's not perfect, by far. I really didn't care for “Breakout” the single (the generation gap thing there), “Wake Up America” (nice try with the environmental thing, but it's preachy), and “These Four Walls” (I didn't really get the depth of emotion there.) And please don't go looking for the hidden track of “The Driveway” where her little sister Noah sings along karaoke style. Your ears will bleed. And yes, almost every track borders on overproduced and over the line of guitar-laden emo-pop.

However, considering how this album was put together in the wake of the photo-shoot scandal that never ends, and that most people are more interested in hearing about the latest leaked pics of her than in how she is an artist, Miley's done a good job of not drowning in her drama and moving on. Nor does this sound like Hannah Montana. If Miley Stewart (Hannah's alter-ego) were an actual teen, this might be the album that she listens to when her heart's broken for the first time. And if her mother or aunt turned the CD player on while it was still in there, they might not turn it off.

If you're a music snob, just save yourself the trouble of tearing these tracks to pieces. You don't have much to worry about here as far as Grammy contention, probably. But if you want to hear a singer coming from the heart on their level, you could do worse. And if this reflects who she really is, I think most parents have little to worry about.

Thank you Dana!

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