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Hannah Montana Forever is the soundtrack album for the final season of "Hannah Montana" which was released on October 15, 2010 by Walt Disney Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Gonna Get This (featuring Iyaz)
  2. Que Sera
  3. Ordinary Girl
  4. Kiss It Goodbye
  5. I'll Always Remember You
  6. Need A Little Love (featuring Sheryl Crow)
  7. Are You Ready
  8. Love That Lets Go (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)
  9. I'm Still Good
  10. Been Here All Along
  11. Barefoot Cinderella
  12. Wherever I Go

CompositionEdit

The opening track "Gonna Get This" (a duet with Iyaz) was written by Niclas Molinder, Joacim Persson, Johan Alkenas, and Drew Ryan Scott.

Iyaz claimed he listened to Miley Cyrus' music very often and that Hannah Montana was among his favorite television series with others from Disney Channel. He said, "I've been watching the show for a very long time, and finally got the opportunity to do a song with Miley."

"Gonna Get This" was recorded in April 2010 rapidly, according to Iyaz,[7] because of his appearance on an episode of Hannah Montana.[8] At first, he arrived to the studio not knowing what to expect and became hesitant but in the end could not believe they "pulled it off".

Iyaz described "Gonna Get This" as a track with an edge, claiming Cyrus added her usual signature style while he put an "island twist" on it.

The track leaked into the Internet in July 2010 under the title, "This Boy, That Girl."

Toby Gad contributed to the soundtrack by co-writing "Ordinary Girl", "Que Será", and "Are You Ready."

"Are You Ready" was written by Gad, BC Jean, and Lyrica Anderson. It was recorded for "Hannah Montana 3" and leaked on the Internet in November 2008 (along with tracks from "Hannah Montana 3") but it was not included in the soundtrack.

A duet with Sheryl Crow, guest star on the episode "It's the End of Jake as We Know It", titled "Need a Little Love" was solely penned by Jaime Houston.

"Love That Lets Go" is a duet with Cyrus' father Billy Ray Cyrus (who also portrays Miley's father, Robbie Ray Stewart, on Hannah Montana) and was composed by Adam Anders and Nikki Hassman.

"I'm Still Good" and "Been Here All Along" were written by Jennie Lurie, Aris Archontis, and Chen Neeman.

According to Walt Disney Records, the album covers much musical ground, from intimate ballads to direct high-voltage pop.

"Gonna Get This" is heavy on synthesizers and Caribbean-based melodies.

Musically, the ballad "Ordinary Girl" is a pop song characterized by its mature vocals and percussion-driven instrumentation. Lyrically, the song attempts to convince audiences that despite the fame, she is just an everyday person.

"Kiss It Goodbye" is an upbeat dance-pop, pop rock number and "I'll Always Remember You" lyrically speaks about the sentiments that occur after a wistful farewell.

The tracks "Need a Little Love" is rich in pop harmonies and the upbeat sound of "Are You Ready" was inspired by club music.

The ballad "Love That Lets Go" is a tribute to Cyrus' and her father's, who duets in the track, close relationship, both on screen and off.

"I'm Still Good", an uptempo track with pop rock characteristics in its musical composition, and "Been Here All Along", a ballad about loving someone separated by distance, follow.

The closing track on the soundtrack, "Barefoot Cinderella" was described as an explosion of pop music by Walt Disney Records.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Hannah Montana Forever" debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Hannah Montana Forever" has received generally mixed reviews.

Heather Phares of AllMusic gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars and stated: "Hannah Montana Forever doesn’t shy away from the fact that this is the end, or that Cyrus and her fans are growing up. Instead, these songs attempt to showcase the growing range of music Cyrus and her audience are listening to, but the results are all over the place... the album sounds scattered instead of versatile."

She went on to criticize "Que Sera" and "Kiss It Goodbye"'s annoying vocals, though she praised "Ordinary Girl", "I'll Always Remember You", "Love That Lets Go", and "Been Here All Along", commenting, "Not surprisingly, the album’s best songs are about farewells and embracing whatever may come next."

Phares finished off the review by saying: "By the time the album closes with 'Barefoot Cinderella,' an easygoing pop track that sounds remarkably like Cyrus' hit 'Party in the U.S.A.,' Hannah Montana Forever proves that everyone involved with Hannah was ready to move on."

Entertainment Weekly was more gracious, awarding the album a B+ and saying: "Miley Cyrus struck out with this summer's whiny Can't Be Tamed, but she's in finer form on Hannah Montana Forever, the soundtrack to her TV show's final season. Credit the would-be film star's relief at finally hanging up Hannah's blond wig; there's no mistaking the glee with which she sings I'm free as a bird on Que Sera. Even Love That Lets Go, an acoustic duet with her dad Billy Ray, feels more sweet than sappy."

They also stated that "I'm Still Good" and "Need a Little Love" were the best songs from the album.

Common Sense Media gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, commenting "The music from the Hannah Montana Forever Soundtrack is a nice mix of pop-rock, synth beats, and sweet ballads that Hannah Montana is known for, as well as a satisfying wrap to four seasons of fun, friends, family, and music."

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