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Can't Be Tamed
Miley Cyrus- Can't Be Tamed
3rd effort shows off different sound and musical growth

Name: Can't Be Tamed
Label: Hollywood
Release Date: June 18, 2010
Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Review written by: Spencer Abbott

By now most of us have seen the video for Miley's new single "Can't Be Tamed" which was only a small glimpse into her new album. The video released for 'Can't Be Tamed' has been controversial, but what does Miley do that people don't seem to turn into a controversy? Miley's maturity breaks through in this album in a way that can not be denied. She's growing into an adult and parents and media alike can't seem to accept that fact. Either way "Can't Be Tamed" is a truly kick-ass album with blunt lyrics, raw vocals and killer beats.

The first song on Can't Be Tamed "Liberty Walk" is an excellent entrance to the new album. Opening with lyrics  "Don't live a lie, this is your one life. Don't live a lie you won't get lost just walk, just walk." the song pulls you in. A techno feel gives the song a vibe that really just makes you want to dance. "Liberty Walk" is a very empowering song, that makes you want to just take control of your life and kiss off everyone who tries to hold you back. Miley almost attempts to rap at parts of the song and I can't say that she absolutely fails at it. Sure she's no Ke$ha, but it gives the song something new that she hasn't done before and it's quite refreshing.

"Who Owns My Heart" is another song that makes you want to get up and start singing and dancing along. What makes this track stick out to me and really shine is Miley's vocals. Her unique and distinct voice make slightly unoriginal beat not seem to matter so much.

The title track and also first single "Can't Be Tamed" is one of my personal favorites on the album. The blunt edgy lyrics and beat make the track stand out. The repetitive lyrics and vocal effects are kind of, well, annoying. There's certain points where you really can't understand what she is saying and even a best guess is still a guess in the end. The song is still very pop and catchy.

When it comes to the fourth track "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" my initial thought was somewhere along the lines of 'A Poison remake, really?' Now in all fairness I'm hardly a Poison fan. But the lyrics are amazing. And in complete honesty I believe that Miley's voice fits the song much better than Bret Michaels'. Putting the original aside (especially since most people who will listen to this song won't know who Poison is) the song is amazing. The lyrics are powerful and moving. It's a great song to listen to if you're bummed about a relationship. It's relatable and it's slow but certainly not a ballad. Midway through the song a sick electric guitar cuts in and just makes the song.

The fifth and sixth tracks "Two More Lonely People" and "Forgiveness and Love" are two more relationship based songs.

"Stay" is a very different track from the rest of the album. It is very piano driven and Miley's vocals really shine on this track. The lyrics are well put together about loving someone and wanting to only be with them forever and for them to stay. The piano and beat slow the album down a little after six fast upbeat songs.

"Take Me Along" is another piano driven song with a slightly faster tempo. The lyrics start off questioning a relationship and love. Miley's vocal range really shows in this song.

The next track titled "Robot" is probably the worst on the album. While the lyrics and what I interpret the songs meaning to be are very good, the vocals and mixing of the track are just horrible. Half of the time you can't understand the words and it sounds like she is just simply moaning to the melody.

The final track of the album "My Heart Beats For Love" is a great way to end the album. The beat in this song is the best of the other ten tracks, and even though Miley's voice is a bit off at times it's still a great song and you almost don't even care.

"Can't Be Tamed" opens a whole new chapter in Miley's career. It is much more mature than "Breakout" and show's her growth lyrically and vocally. Though the album is lacking in some songs, others manage to makeup for the downfalls. It's definitely a great album for young girls who want to feel empowered and strong.
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