There are only a few pop artists with the endurance of Miley Cyrus. Perhaps it’s as a result of we’ve had the chance to be reintroduced to her so many occasions. Over the previous 17 years, since she burst into tens of millions of houses as a younger girl who simply needed the perfect of each worlds, we’ve gotten to know a insurgent, a rock star, a pop queen, and a yard, acoustic woman subsequent door.
Together with her new studio album Limitless Summer season Trip (out as we speak, March tenth), Cyrus has shared one more facet of herself. She’s 30 years previous now, however she’s removed from settled; the fireplace that has at all times burned in Miley that makes her so entrancing, alluring, and unpredictable continues to be going sturdy. And, if there’s one thematic takeaway from Limitless Summer season Trip’s 13 tracks, it’s that she’s by no means going to permit anybody to dim that gentle.
This period follows Cyrus’ Plastic Hearts, a 2020 rock-forward venture that boasted collaborations with Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. Cyrus describes Limitless Summer season Trip, however, as her “love letter to LA,” and that imaginative and prescient is clear in each nook of the file. Listening via the album looks like residing just a few days in sunny SoCal with Miley: Waking up with “Flowers,” taking a top-down beachside drive accompanied by “Rose Colored Lenses,” falling in love below the moonlight with “You,” stumbling out and in of the membership to “Handstand” and “River,” after which beginning the method another time with the latter half of the LP.
It’s no secret that a number of the album (the record-breaking “Flowers” particularly) was impressed by Cyrus’ divorce, nevertheless it doesn’t really feel strictly like a breakup file. It feels richer and broader than that, a common story of reset and rediscovery that encourages the listener to bask in their very own whims. “I wanna cut off my hair and kick off my boots/ Dance in the wind just to do it again,” she sings on “You.”
In some methods, Limitless Summer season Trip remembers Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour; not within the themes, essentially, seeing as Musgraves’ beloved LP was about reveling in a love that looks like it’ll by no means finish, however in its genre-fluidity. The 2 albums additionally share a powerful perspective and a belief within the central voice telling the story. Limitless Summer season Trip, although, comes completely alive within the moments when Cyrus lets her trademark vocals fly, unleashing her full energy on the listener. And, fortunately, that’s what occurs all through a lot of the album.
The file is a reminder of that very vocal prowess that has carried Cyrus via so many aforementioned eras. The refrain of “Wildcard” is one standout, whereas everything of sex-powered waltz fantasy “You” is one other. She leans furthest again into her Tennessee roots, appropriately, on her collaboration with the great Brandi Carlile, a troubadour’s story of acceptance titled “Thousand Miles.”