Monday, 24 August 2009

Review: "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus

Just when you thought she was going country, Miley Cyrus (perhaps at the behest of her management) goes in the opposite direction with "Party in the U.S.A." A release from her upcoming EP The Time of Our Lives, Cyrus seems determined to distance herself from Hannah Montana as quickly as possible.

She has tried to accomplish this by declaring herself a fan of Jay-Z and Britney Spears in the same song (let's just be thankful she didn't name-check Radiohead too), but, regardless, retains the wholesome image that has been the mainstay of her image thus far. It's a catchy tune that stands no chance of survival once summer ends, and Cyrus' range is as limited as ever-- the few moments where she actually seems to sing without the use of studio support are, to be frank, painful.

Judging by this song's very high position on the Billboard charts, the fact that The Time of Our Lives will be exclusively sold at Wal-Mart stands no chance of discouraging the EP's sales. It seems like Cyrus has another hit on her hands, but, of course, hit songs do not equal artistic integrity in my books.

Unless she pulls a Lady GaGa and does this song acoustic. Which seems as likely, quite frankly, as Elvis returning from the dead.

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