Change is a thing you can count on.
Miley Cyrus’ sixth studio album Younger Now is available to stream… now.
Miley’s evolution through adolescence into womanhood has been a wild ride, and we’ve been there every step of the way. After spending her childhood inside a Disney studio set, Miley sought out freedom. That resulted in Bangerz, the gloriously uninhibited record that unleashed Miley’s inner-freak on us. But in the midst of the shock and awe, Miley experienced profound loss when her pet fish and dog unexpectedly died. She teamed up with The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and smoked up 2015’s Dead Petz, which she released for free on SoundCloud because let’s face it… her die-hards had no idea how to process those songs.
Two years later, here we are. Miley is refreshed, her image is wholesome and she’s singing about inspiration, changing the world and rainbows. It’s honestly a welcome change of pace not only for listeners, but for Miley. No one could keep up with the antics and hoopla that Bangerz provided, and she knew this.
“What goes up must come down,” Miley sings on the album title track. “No one stays the same / Change is a thing you can count on.” Those lyrics perfectly setup the entire happy-go-lucky record. There’s even some really special touches on it, like a voicemail from the album’s one and only collaborator, her fairy god mother and musical icon Dolly Parton.
“This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a fuck, but right now is not a time to not give a fuck about people,” she told Billboard earlier this year. “I’m giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good — I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back.”
Stream Younger Now below (it’s available to stream at midnight EST in the US):