Review: Miley Cyrus, Breakout
Tue Jul 22 2008
If your tween hasn’t alerted you with her incessant begging to go to the Virgin Megastore, Miley Cyrus released her first album, Breakout, today.
We know what you’re thinking: After the Camp Rock craze, you can’t possibly endure another teeny-bopper ditty about unrequited love. Although Breakout isn't completely devoid of those sappy sentiments, the songs are not all that bad. Several are even–dare we say it—enjoyable. The 16-year-old may not rival Christina Aguilera’s vocal range, but then she's not trying to. She's just belting her heart out and having a great time doing it.
On "Wake Up America", Cyrus sings a whole song about going green and working as a community to make the earth a better place for future generations. But don't think the album is just a compilation of junior-activist anthems; the track is followed up by much lighter fare about typical teenage tribulations, like crushes and growing up.
You may not rank the album alongside your all-time favorites, but if your kids have set it on repeat (like we all used to do), you’ll be singing right along with them before you know it. Our favorite track: “Fly on the Wall.”
Listen to the full album for free here.
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