“Don’t you ever say I just walked away, I will always want you.”
This time last year, no one could have predicted that Miley Cyrus would become a pop culture phenomenon of 2013. Her movement, this deliberately hammed up new image and musical direction, has been nothing short of formidable.
Behind the hype, however, stands a towering song that justifies this young artist’s place in time. ‘Wrecking Ball’ exposed the world to a heartbroken and vulnerable Miley when all anyone could talk about was her rolled out tongue and twerking antics.
What’s brilliant about ‘Wrecking Ball’ is its heart-on-sleeve lyrics, which were delivered with great conviction. Sonically, Miley is traipsing to a whole new territory here. The song is uncomplicated in its approach. It doesn’t want to distract you with intriguing instrumentation or deeply poetic concepts – its sole mission is to maim your heart by the first chorus.
The sparsely layered track that allowed Miley’s impressive vocal performance to take centre stage. The tremble and cracks in her voice when she takes on the fluttering higher register, the balls-out belting in the chorus – these will be observed, cherished, and replicated in drunken Singstar nights long after she grows out the tongue ‘n’ twerk phase.