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“Plastic Hearts” peruses through the genres

Miley Cyrus' newest album "Plastic Hearts'" cover.

Miley Cyrus’ newest album “Plastic Hearts'” cover.

Steady beats and soulful lyrics course throughout Miley Cyrus’s new album, “Plastic Hearts,” striking listeners with her views on love and change. Combining different genres, such as rock, country and pop, the album emphasizes her voice and delivers her emotions to the audience. 

“Plastic Hearts,” the second track in the 14-track album mirroring the album title, uniquely begins with various percussion instruments setting the catchy beat for the remainder of the song. Adding onto the percussion, a group of chords join in as Cyrus sings, “fill me up, but leave me hollow,” which refers to the nagging need to indulge in anything that can possibly fill an unfillable void. 

While the second track leads with a more upbeat tone, the third song, “Angels Like You,” appeals to the heartbroken. Opening with a mellow harp-sounding instrument, the bittersweet lyrics, “angels like you can’t fly down here with me,” express a tragic romance surrounding a person with self-deprecating thoughts and the fear of holding back their partner. Although the beat is relatively repetitive and simple, it directs more of the attention toward the vocals, spotlighting the song writing. 

A duet with Dua Lipa contributes to the making of the fourth track, “Prisoner.” Similar to many to many of the tracks in the album, “Prisoner,” follows the pattern of simple percussion and powerful vocals, which gives the impression of rock and 80s vibes. They sing, “I can’t forget you and your love’s the loudest,” explaining how Lupa and Cyrus are kept prisoner by an addicting love. Lipa’s voice perfectly complements Cyrus’s voice, combining to make a harmonious melody. 

Cyrus captures her individuality effortlessly by writing this album about pop music’s most capitalized theme, love, and turning it into her own. Each song in her album describes different aspects of love that she conveys through her personal experiences. She paves a pathway in pop culture by including many different styles of music, which inspires not only listeners with her experiences, but also aspiring artists. 

By Rikka Tagayuna, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Pitchfork

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