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Miley Cyrus
"Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus"

© Walt Disney/Hollywood Records

Year of Release: 2007

track listing
  • We Got The Party
  • Nobody's Perfect
  • Make Some Noise
  • Rock Star
  • Old Blue Jeans
  • Life's What You Make It
  • One In A Million
  • Bigger Than Us
  • You And Me Together
  • True Friend
  • See You Again
  • East Northumberland
  • Let's Dance
  • G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)
  • Right Here
  • As I Am
  • Start All Over
  • Clear
  • Good ANd Broken
  • I Miss You

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    "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus"

    Before she was twerking with Robin Thicke, like Britney Spears when she was "innocent" (she would also journey into her own not-so-innocent phase) - Miley Cyrus introduced herself as Montana Montana, for Walt Disney. (And Britney would also start out for Disney.)

    Hannah's character was extremely popular, as it was on a popular Disney TV show, starring Miley Cyrus. Her original character name was Miley Stewart. The TV show Hanna Montana debuted on Disney, from 2006 to 2011. In 2009, Hannah Montana appeared in the film Hannah Montana: The Movie. Hanna Montana was Miley Stewart's alter ego; secretly leading a double life as a world-famous pop star. (Sounding familiar to Christian Slater's portrayal of a nerd-by-day, rock-and-roll DJ at night, in the movie Pump Up The Volume.)

    And speaking of Hannah being a world-famous pop star, did I mention that Miley Cyrus is the daughter of Country's Billy Ray Cyrus? Sure, everyone knew this, and of course, being the daughter of the "Achy Breaky Heart" mullet star, it is no doubt, Miley would have no troubles in having herself as a star in her own right. In fact, she would be more famous as her father, during her Hannah Montana years, and even today, as she would involve herself into her own grown up world, being way different than the "innocent" Hannah Montana.

    But the music here as "Hannah Montana" is basically for the younger crowd, especially the young teenage girls as Hannah. These songs were definitely for them, as they would get more exposure on Disney Radio. As a male at 50-something, this music is much different than how I grew up, listening to music in my teens. I still appreciate how the older music is far better than today's. But don't say that to the young crowd of today. We enjoyed growing up listening to the music of my generation; let the the youngers of today enjoy their music for their generation, whether us old folks (and even the youngsters of today) enjoy it, or not.

    And no, I didn't watch the many years of episodes of the Hannah Montana TV series, although I did see one or two, but it didn't really spark my interest. (Is that not a surprise?) But I get it; this is today's youngsters' music entertainment.

    For the young crowd who want to "rock it out," 21st Century style, these songs gets the blood going for them: "We The Party," "Nobody's Perfect," "Rock Star," "Life's What You Make It," "Bigger Than Us," "You And Me Together." This is today's teenage Rock and Pop mix. Even the "slower down" songs are even better: "Make Some Noise," "One In A Million," "True Friend." Each song does get better, this is a good album, coming from an old fogie music fan as myself. There is only one song I didn't really care for, and that was "Old Blue Jeans."

    Of the chart singles from the Hannah Montana 2 album, "Make Some Noise" was the first, as this song would be my favorite track from the album. Others were: "Nobody's Perfect," "Life's What You Make It," "We Got The Party." These three songs were the rock-it-out tracks, and easy favorites for the young crowd.

    Hanna Montana 2 review:

    Meet Miley Cyrus -- We get to hear a more mature Miley Cyrus (not like she is now, more on that later...), as the first track, "See You Again" gets a more harder edge in sound. It still gets the young crowd of today their attention, in a more rocking style. "East Northumberland High" keeps it rocking as well.

    "Let's Dance" works extremely well, having a Latin sounding style. "G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)"> returns the rocking style, and rocking even harder here. "Right Here" starts out slow, but it emerges into another rocker. Like many of the rock it out songs from Hannah Montana 2, "As I Am" easily fits the upbeat 21st Century youngsters Pop/Rock for them. More rocking gets "Start All over."

    "Clear" makes the album better. It's kinda reggae'ish. It blends well for this album. "Good And Broken" starts out weak, but it then kicks into another Miley rocker. This track just maybe the weakest, yet it is good, but not as many tracks previous. Meet Miley Cyrus ending track closes with "I Miss You"; a slowed-down track as the title states. Maybe the title meant that "Hannah Montana" was going to be missed: Meet Miley Cyrus easily shows that Miley Cyrus was growing up. And this album definitely did that. A more harder style for her, and what would be next to come in her career. Also to note: Most of the "slowed down" songs could fit in today's Country, with its more Pop-sounding style than the traditional Country we were used to hearing in previous decades. Some of today's Country (more like Pop) artists I can mention compared to the slower sounding tunes from both of Miley's albums are: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift. And of the three, more like Taylor Swift, but better. I know, putting Taylor's name with the American Idol favorites was tough, but look what happened to Taylor: She changed her musical style to Pop, and quite frankly, that was her style, even when she released her "Country" albums, before this took place.

    Of the chart singles from the Meet Miley Cyrus album: "See You Again, "Start All Over" and "One In A Million." All Pop/Rock'ers.

    Meet Miley Cyrus review gets the same stars as Hannah Montana 2, yet Meet Miley Cyrus would get the nod of the better of the two. Not by much though. But these two albums are quite a listen, in listening to "today's popular music," whether it be Pop music, or even "Today's Country," being that Miley Cyrus is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus.

    Of course, we all know what would become of Miley Cyrus, as she continued to grow up. Her next album was Breakout in 2008, and it still incorporated Miley's "clean" image. In the year 2010, she was creating a more mature image, as she released her next album, Can't Be Tamed. The album cover definitely showed a change in her image, just as the title stated. But in 2013 her growing up displayed even more controversy, as she appeared on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Her performance there with Robin Thicke created widespread media attention, with her simulated sex acts. "Twerking" would be the result, and it also created huge media attention. For many, her event ont he awards show proved to be tasteless. She released a new album that year, Bangerz. From it, her single and video "Wrecking Ball" also portrayed her as even more adult. The video showed her swinging naked on a wrecking ball. The song and video was a huge hit, and the song would hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Just ironic, this type of song would become more popular than her "squeaky clean" image of Hannah Montana. Her "Hanna Montana" albums did reach #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, likewise Breakout. Although Can't Be Tamed did not reach #1, Bangerz not only provided her only #1 single, the album also reached #1 on the albums chart.

    Her next album was released in 2015, Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, which was only released online. (The Dead Petz was another name for the band The Flaming Lips.) The album was more of an experimentation, and psychedelic (!?!) album. The reviews were negative, and if you've seen the album cover, it can be considered as one of the "worst album covers," with its lacking reviews.

    Miley Cyrus is one of the current judges on the music talent show The Voice. Was she a good choice for the show? In my opinion, this is debateable. There are far more musicians/singers that could easily be better. Then again, American Idol is coming back next year. Why? I think Idol has outdone themselves, and should not return. Besides, the ratings between Idol and The Voice will get The Voice as a clear choice to win.

    Miley Cyrus' latest album is to be released on September 29, 2017, entitled Younger Now. Portraying a "conservate image" for the album, the songs are to be of Country Pop and Pop Rock.

    Watching child stars growing up tends to be of a curse. Some change their image. Some of them would be typecasted as to how their popularity was, as a child star. And sadly for some, they would end up taking their own lives in suicide. Growing up is hard to do, to get away from the image they once portrayed in how they were first introduced to us. Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Justin Beiber, Justin Timberlake, and if we look back even further, Lost In Space star Bill Mumy. We can say that Justin Timberlake and Bill Mumy realized that they had to better themselves growing up, and not get themselves into the downward spirals as most of their fellow child starts would end up. Miley, Britney and Bieber had their encounters. Britney would get out of it, as she would be a judge of the U.S. X factor. She had children, and she realized she did want her kids to get into any negatives and controversies. Justin Bieber? He still needs to grow up and better himself. Miley is getting there. At least Justin Timberlake and Bill Mumy did not get themselves into any bad encounters, and negative publicity to jeopardize their lives and careers. We all know how Timberlake turned out, despite the Super Bowl incident with Janet Jackson, which was really a harmless mistake. Bill Mumy is a very talented musician, as he has released many albums. If you haven't heard of his music, it is well worth looking into, and we will have reviews of his albums.

    Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus are two albums of today's music. They are both good albums, despite how today's music is just not as great as when I was growing up. Miley Cyrus was growing up too at this time, and it easily shows. Although her growing up since 2007 is quite different, it's just what people do while growing up, and we hope things will turn out for the better for her.

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