Miley Cyrus announced the release date of her album Younger Now last August 8. The cover art is raising a lot of queries about the content of the said album.
Cyrus hasn’t stated that the content of the album will be country. The album will be dropped on September 29 and judging by the looks of the cover, which seems like western, it’s looking more than anything she put since the “The Climb.”
Two of the songs from the album have been released so far. Although the songs are not the same from the songs in the last two albums she released, neither of the two singles are overtly country. “Malibu,” the first single from Cyrus’ new album Younger Now, was released in May of this year. The song featured a much more down-to-earth sound and it also featured her great vocal prowess. The single is a love song dedicated for her fiancé, Australian actor, Liam Hemsworth.
The second single, “Inspired,” came out back in June. Although the song is twangy and features violin, current affairs subject matter and Cyrus’ fervent vocalization was across as more folk than strict country.
The goddaughter of Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, grew up surrounded with great country artist. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus once told a story of Waylon Jennings teaching her how to play the guitar at their kitchen table. She was born with Nashville connections which many artists are dying to get their hands on. Yet she abandoned country music when she came into her own.
In an interview with Billboard, Cyrus admitted that she doesn’t get along with country fans even though she has deep Nashville roots. When she speaks about working with Blake Shelton on the TV show The Voice, she stated that the fans of Shelton doesn’t take her seriously as a country artist.
“One, I haven’t given them that music,” she acknowledged. “But I’ve got a tattoo of Johnny Cash’s autograph that he gave me when I was a little girl that says, ‘I’m in your corner.’ Dolly Parton is my [expletive] godmother. The fact that country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me.”
Few pop artists in the recent years have been as controversial as Cyrus. After her provocative performance in 2013, she spent the ensuing years distancing herself from her previously wholesome image.
“…That’s what I did because I felt it was part of my political movement, and that got me to where I am now,” Cyrus told Billboard. “I’m evolving, and I surround myself with smart people that are evolved.”
Billy Ray Cyrus, told Billboard about the album, “This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard. For her, this is honest.”
We’ll see if the country fans will love this new album. However, this album sure is interesting.
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