Miley Cyrus Releases 8th Studio Album “Endless Summer Vacation”


Miley Cyrus releases her 8th studio album “Endless Summer Vacation” PHOTO//Universal Music Group

Abbey Grace Venham, A&E Edit

Who is Miley Cyrus? Everyone knows her differently, and her fans are never two of the same. An artist who cannot be defined by her supporters is one who draws lots of attention, whether that be good or bad. 

Swinging naked from a wrecking ball, being an innocent country-sounding Disney channel pop star, acting in movies and performing in a million different molds is nothing abnormal for Cyrus. Defining Miley Cyrus as an artist is virtually impossible through her newest release. The drop of her eighth studio album, “Endless Summer Vacation”, has featured enough combinations to confuse die-hard fans. 

The sound expressed through her musicianship is everything from dance-pop to country-pop to rock-pop. Tracks such as “River,” “Violet Chemistry” and “Muddy Feet” (feat. Sia) are all upbeat tunes with electronic dance hints that are perfectly accompanied by her signature raspy vocals.

While tracks such as “Jaded,” “Rose Colored Lenses” and “Flowers” give an alternative vibe with Miley’s passionate range of vocals illuminated. 

Speaking of passion, figuring out her story and message through these songs is nothing short of an unsolved case file. Some say that it’s not just “Flowers” that subliminally outlines her divorce from Liam Hemsworth, as she includes a lyric in “Muddy Feet” saying “You smell like perfume that I didn’t purchase.” 

The individuality of Cyrus’ persona is well known amongst her fans and often showcased by her musical versatility. In “Thousand Miles” (feat. Brandi Carlile), and “You,” listeners are led to reminisce on the artist’s country roots. While her footprints are no longer impressed in the shape of western boots, she’s back and better than ever, unphased by her public and muddy divorce. 

The track “Wildcard” spells this out effortlessly, as she doesn’t need anybody but herself. This album could use a good debrief, and I recommend an attempt if you find yourself listening. If this album were evidence at a crime scene, the authorities would have difficulty finding a direction for their investigation.