All the hard work has paid off for Miley Cyrus, as her new album Bangerz has been met by generally positive reviews from music critics.
The 'Wrecking Ball' star's fourth LP hits stores in the UK tomorrow (October 7) before gracing the US after along promotional campaign on October 8.
Miley's transition from Disney tween to provocative vixen has impressed most critics, with Entertainment Weekly awarding the record an A- rating.
They gushed: "Bangerz, executive-produced by shrewd Atlanta beatmaker Mike Will Made It, is the onetime Disney star’s fourth studio album, but her first as the master of her own destiny and — with the two lead singles already landing at No. 2 and No. 1 — a pacesetter in music. It’s also utterly fresh, a pop blitz from a hip-hop blueprint, and proof that Miley won’t settle for just shocking us."
Miley's getting good feedback for her new record (WENN)
Rolling Stone were also impressed, praised the music's "strange charm", reasoning: "Bangerz is the sound of Hannah Montana gone Miami Vice... Her Disney-steeped voice never takes a back seat to the wide-ranging production (from the likes of Pharrell, Will.i.am and Dr. Luke), and Billy Ray’s daughter rocks a country vocal during several tracks. Some skeptics – let’s call them haters – might argue that Cyrus isn’t wholly comfortable in her new dirty/crazy persona. But that’s part of the strange charm."
Billboard awarded a 70% score, saying: "... the album finds Cyrus working with who she wants to work with, singing about what she wants to sing about, as if she’s a kid in an arcade with a pocket of limitless quarters... 'We Can’t Stop' still knocks, but 'Wrecking Ball' actually hints at where Cyrus’ career may take her next, since the vocalist expertly handles the mid-tempo ballad without a whiff of gimmickry. Could Cyrus fashion a long musical run based on these big-hearted roof-rattlers? Probably, yes."
Miley in the 'Wrecking Ball' video (YouTube)
However, here in the UK, The Guardian were less than impressed, giving just two out of five stars.
"Bangerz feels stitched together in the dark, and the attention-seeking begins to grate," they explained. "'SMS (Bangerz)' is a bad rip-off of Salt-N-Pepa's 'Push It', with a phoned-in Britney guest spot. 'Love Money Party', meanwhile, finds Cyrus rapping a series of non-sequitur buzzwords, gibberish loosely connected by a bit of production, driven by the inescapable purpose of Bangerz: a desire to wind people up for commercial, rather than transgressive, ends."