The Farr Side: Cyrus needs to shed Disney, within reason
OK, so seven things about Miley Cyrus.
She’s overrated, ego-inflated and everywhere; she’s rich — got lots of money, famous dad — his little honey, growing up before she should, wrong or right, we knew she would.
The seventh thing about Miley is she makes you want to either love her or hate her.
Personally, I’m on the fence with Miley. I could have easily made two or three more groups of seven things, but it’s hard to find words that rhyme with “annoying” or “jailbait.” I don’t really love or hate her, I just don’t know what to think about her yet.
All kidding aside, Miley’s “Hannah Montana” franchise is huge — perhaps too huge, if that makes any sense. For her to blossom and grow as an artist, she’s going to have to be able to move beyond the Disney phase.
I’m all for that, but Miley’s made some pretty stupid decisions recently, particularly the Vanity Fair photo shoot. No 15-year-old girl should be photographed the way she was. It was totally inappropriate and should have drawn more criticism from her parents.
Miley’s first chance to shed some of the Disney stigma came with her breakout CD, appropriately titled “Breakout.”
The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart a couple weeks back, selling 374,000 copies in its first week. It may sound like she moved a lot of CDs, but I am surprised by these numbers. With Hannah Montana’s massive fan-base, I would have thought her mainstream debut would have boasted very high sales.
Mariah Carey’s “E=MC2” sold twice as many copies its first week, and Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” sold more than a million units week one. Miley’s sales should have at least rivaled the likes of these artists, even though they’re more established.
“Breakout” dropped to No. 2 in Week 2, behind Sugarland’s “Love On The Inside.” Again, this surprised me.
“Breakout” contains “See You Again,” a song I tried like the dickens to not like. I caved eventually, and I’m blaming Miley’s best friend, Lesley, for that. After all, she kept saying, “Oh, she’s just being Miley.” Those familiar with the song know exactly what I’m talking about. That line gets stuck in your head.
The first real single, though, is the cleverly written “7 Things,” in which she does her best Avril Lavigne impression yet.
“7 Things” is said to be about an ex-boyfriend, a Jonas Brother, I presume. As for which one, like OMG, I could care less. I do like the track. It’s a good pop song and definitely worthy of breakout status.
The album is mainly a sugary-pop trip, with an occasional dance break for a soft ballad. The songs “Breakout,” “The Driveway” and “Full Circle” are good up-tempo, danceable tracks, but her songs “Bottom Of The Ocean” and “These Four Walls” showed the most potential to me.
Both songs have a simplicity that makes them standouts on the album vs. the sometimes over-done productions.
Miley rocks up the Cyndi Lauper classic, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” but she doesn’t harm it in doing so. It’s still a fun, age-appropriate song.
I’m betting Lauper would agree.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.