Miley Cyrus returns to rock roots, embraces wholeness with “Plastic Hearts”

Miley Cyrus is one legacy child that I respect, admire, and highly desire to write with in the recording studio one day. From her Disney Channel episodes and films, to her grown up album releases, I’ve been a major fan of Miley Cyrus for some time.

I even go back to watch Hannah Montana at times, just to hear Miley’s earthy tone. Yes, even back in her Disney day, Miley Cyrus was the people’s choice. And, with the release of “Plastic Hearts,” a deep, rebellious and reflective piece of artwork. Originally released on November 27, 2020, “Plastic Hearts” is complete with 15 tracks: two of which are live recordings, and four are iconic collaborations.

Dua Lipa adds some international soul to ‘Prisoner,’ while Billy Idol balances out the upfront ‘Night Crawling.’ Miley surprises me in ‘High,’ a beautiful love song with incredible pacing and passion. Following that, ‘Hate Me,’ a song easily recalling the light vocal and meditative lyric seen in her Hannah Montana days. Not to continue comparing the two eras, but I am really happy about her transformation. I just know she is going to be another living icon like her father.

If the punchy ‘Midnight Sky’ single hadn’t already made that clear, then maybe the daring ‘Bad Karma,’ Joan Jett collaboration will. Two vocal powerhouses proudly kissing bad karma, a total new-school rock & roll vibe.

“Plastic Hearts” is a gift that keeps on giving. Miley shows versatility throughout this album. She can sing loud, she can sing quietly, and she can sing about love, pain, and self-acceptance. These are timeless subjects, even generations to come will consider this music to be great; just as I do some of the music by Madonna. Cyrus is indeed a Queen of Pop Rock.

The Stevie Nicks collaboration, ‘Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix),’ is one that immediately made me think of the American Horror Story episodes Nicks appeared in – but, it also made me feel so damn good. This vocal pairing is magical, mesmerizing, and it’s definitely on repeat.

Wholeness

When I say “wholeness,” I’m talking about that internal zone of perpetual energy – the knowing that all points in space and time are indeed connected, and all thoughts & intentions will be projected. “Plastic Hearts” has many references to self-acceptance, love, sadness and fun. The album says that being yourself is for the best.

A nice truth here is that we all are sole, part of soul, and we don’t belong to anyone but the most high source of creation. The spectrum of being is vast, compassionate, and eternal so there’s no need to need someone else’s love. You need you.

Stream “Plastic Hearts” on YouTube today

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