Now that Miley is officially the world’s biggest hot mess, she’s looking to show off a more sensitive side. Enter her latest single, Wrecking Ball; an emotionally charged power ballad that takes the emphasis off of twerking, and pushes forward some honest lyrics and powerful vocals. Miley truly emerges as an artist in this song, delivering a powerful performance with true grit and emotion.
Oh, who the hell am I kidding? Wrecking Ball is an utter disaster in every way imaginable.
But hey! At least it tries, right? With Miley being the poster child for “Controversy,” Wrecking Ball tries so hard to be an honest moment of coming clean. Lyrics like “I never meant to start a war” and “All you ever did was wreck me” could be taken as sincere words from a troubled young woman. In the chorus, her voice even rings with passion and emotion. Its a definite step in the right direction.
And then she goes and perform fellatio to a hammer, and it all goes to shit. Seriously, all of the cheap tricks in the music video instantly diminish the song’s few redeeming qualities. Riding around on a wrecking ball naked? Seriously, Miley? The fuck? How is anyone supposed to take you seriously when you say “Pay attention to me for my artistic merits!” and then go and do….that? Its just another cheap excuse to rack in the YouTube views.
Its not like the song is even that good to begin with. Its not even a Miley Cyrus song! Everything about the song just scream “Rihanna B-side!” The structure is the biggest give away; quiet verses, explosive chorus…where have I seen this before? Oh yeah…California King Bed, Fire Bomb, Diamonds, and about a dozen other Rihanna songs. The verses sound awkward with Miley’s whiny delivery, but would sit oh so naturally with Rihanna’s voice. At least Selena had the sense to pick a Rihanna reject that she could make her own….
Final Score: 1/5