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Younger Now is Miley Cyrus' sixth studio album that was released on September 29, 2017 by RCA Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Younger Now 4:08
  2. Malibu 3:51
  3. Rainbowland (featuring Dolly Parton) 4:25
  4. Week Without You 3:44
  5. Miss You So Much 4:53
  6. I Would Die For You 2:53
  7. Thinkin' 4:05
  8. Bad Mood 2:59
  9. Love Someone 3:19
  10. She's Not Him 3:33
  11. Inspired 3:21

Album BackgroundEdit

After a three-year break from music, Miley Cyrus released her fourth album "Bangerz" in 2013. She worked with non mainstream producers to attract new listeners, and developed a sexually provocative image, which is credited with reviving her career and turning her into a pop music icon.

In 2015, she released a psychedelic album, "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz" which was released for free on SoundCloud. The album received mixed reviews, and Cyrus generated accusations of cultural appropriation for her wearing dreadlocks during promotional activities for the album.

Cyrus also came out as pansexual in 2015, nearly a year after she established the Happy Hippie Foundation to support homeless and LGBT youth.

In 2016, Cyrus became a coach on "The Voice" and spent time campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the presidential election after Bernie Sanders, the candidate Cyrus originally endorsed, lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton.

She admitted to being saddened by Clinton's loss and the strong political divide of the nation, and decided to return to her country roots and wholesome image to try to reach out to conservatives.

CompositionEdit

"Younger Now" is considered a country pop and pop rock album that was written entirely by Cyrus and Oren Yoel, with whom Cyrus first collaborated on the track "Adore You" (from her "Bangerz" album).

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Younger Now" debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 with first-week figures of 45,000 album-equivalent units (of which 33,000 were traditional sales).

Critical ReceptionEdit

At Metacritic, "Younger Now" received a weighted score of 58 out of 100 from review aggregate website Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on 17 reviews from music critics.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave it 3.5 stars out of 5, saying the album "seems slightly scattered as it flits from song to song, it nevertheless adds up to a portrait of a pop star so confident of her swagger, she doesn't bother with such niceties as old-fashioned flow."

Dave Simpson of The Guardian wrote: "On Younger Now, she has taken control of the songwriting and production and emerges as a conservative, big-lunged, country-tinged pop star with songs about breaking free."

Pitchfork writer Claire Lobenfeld rated the album 4.7 out of 10, citing: "Bland production and weak songwriting hamstring the personalized nature of Younger Now, making it merely a suggestion of the kind of artist Miley Cyrus could be."

Spin's Jordan Sargent called it Cyrus' "least honest album ever" and further stated: "Where her past albums felt messy but painfully sincere, Younger Now comes off as safe and overly sanitized, with the frisson that made Cyrus a star all but entirely blasted away."

Billboard highlights the progressive nature of one of the tracks, "She's Not Him" by saying that it legitimizes bisexual and pan-sexual identities.

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