Miley Cyrus, ‘We Can’t Stop’ – Song Review
There's been a lot of hype about Miley Cyrus' new album, her first for RCA, as she sheds her 'Party in the U.S.A.' Disney past. The first single from the new record, due out this year, is 'We Can't Stop,' a heavily processed, synthy dance song. It's an ode to partying until the sun comes up that's honestly a bit underwhelming.
A teen singing starlet making the leap into more adult forms of music is always hit or miss and is akin to leaving home for the first time. You try new things. You stumble, you fall, you get back up. That sorta feels like what's going on with 'We Can't Stop.' Cyrus really wants us to know that she has grown up and she is not Hannah Montana anymore, and the sound of the song reflects that.
The song, co-written by Cyrus herself, is both hip-hop lite and EDM lite, and feels very "right now" as opposed to something she wants to be definitive or eventually a signature for her. The song is trying too hard to be too much to too many people and doesn't pack the punch we were expecting.
Cyrus waxes about partying all night and "shaking it like we at a strip club / remember only God can judge us / Forget the haters / Because somebody loves ya." Did she just sorta reference Tupac? Yeah, she did. It's cool, but it also feels like "Hey guys! Check out at my awesome, in-the-know hip-hop reference."
Laid back and lazy backbeats and heavily processed vocals -- it's Miley on Autotune, on steroids -- along with distorted male vocal raps comprise the track.
It's not really anything new nor is it supremely catchy.
At one point in the song, Cyrus reminds us "It's my mouth / I can say what I want to." It's a shame that she's saying what we've already heard before... by countless others.
We wanted her to come out swinging, but 'We Can't Stop' is a bit of a misfire.
Listen to Miley Cyrus, 'We Can't Stop'