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  • Summary: Miley breaks free from her role as Hannah Montana on Disney with a third CD of big ballads and dance beats.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Despite her best rebellious efforts, Miley's just not (yet) that thorny a girl.
  2. It's a Top 40 record of a high order, packed with electro-pop hooks and big Kelly Clarkson-style shout-along choruses. Cyrus' 17-year-old ire--however genuine it is--just adds spice.
  3. At times Can't Be Tamed feels perfunctory, getting the job of showing Cyrus is growing up without making her too mature for her still-young fan base and little else.
  4. Throughout Can't Be Tamed Cyrus seems checked out of her vocal performances, singing with neither the tween-queen enthusiasm of her Hannah Montana material nor the confrontational energy of 2008's Breakout.
  5. It's hard to escape the feeling that, in seeking to establish a more individual identity, Cyrus has become more generic. This is compounded by the fact that the songs just aren't strong enough to overcome the customary production.
  6. There's nothing raunchy or attitudinal here, just blustering dance-pop numbers and mushy ballads that owe a debt to Lady Gaga, minus all the flesh, spunk and bonkers stilettos.
  7. When you get right down to it, not only is Can't Be Tamed a confused statement of a record, but it's a pretty boring listen as well, as Cyrus hits on tired old pop trends (AutoTune? Really?) as a way to deliver her quasi-edgy new persona to a much more intelligent mainstream audience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 51
  2. Negative: 12 out of 51
  1. Sep 2, 2012
    10
    If you really listen to all the songs of the album.it shows the world so much love!All your review is just base on your hatred towards Miley!If you really listen to all the songs of the album.it shows the world so much love!All your review is just base on your hatred towards Miley! Hate you people! Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2012
    10
    I think this album is great! It is the very first (and up to now, only) album that captivates me with its every single song! And come onI think this album is great! It is the very first (and up to now, only) album that captivates me with its every single song! And come on people, she is growing up! She's not cute, innocent Hannah Montana anymore! She's the one and only Miley Cyrus!! Expand
  3. JamesB
    Jun 22, 2010
    9
    Miley's third CD is a big step from her previous debuts and shows somewhat of a break from her Disney girl image. The lyrics and dance Miley's third CD is a big step from her previous debuts and shows somewhat of a break from her Disney girl image. The lyrics and dance beats in most of the tracks are decent and catchy. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this album it is a fun, somewhat deep pop album. Expand
  4. KatieY
    Jun 22, 2010
    6
    Miley Cyrus's new album ,she experiments with different beats and sounds. For example, "Robot" is a electro/pop mix while Forgiveness Miley Cyrus's new album ,she experiments with different beats and sounds. For example, "Robot" is a electro/pop mix while Forgiveness and Love is a 60s vibe with a mellow country beat. Also with stinging lyrics and a fierce voice, Cyrus might prove the press wrong once again. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2011
    5
    "Can't Be Tamed" treads rocky territory even as a concept. While Miley may be an adult now, that doesn't stop the teen-pop familiarity from"Can't Be Tamed" treads rocky territory even as a concept. While Miley may be an adult now, that doesn't stop the teen-pop familiarity from leaking through the numerous cracks in this album. The title track is in fact one of the blandest songs on the album, with a bizarre stomp-crash beat. Paired with repetitive, whiny croons of "I can't be tamed/blamed/changed", the track makes less than a good impression of the album. Cyrus seems so bent on proving herself to be "mature" that she is willing to take a suicide dive off her safety net that is Disney. The few songs that have decent pop melodies lose their credibility when they are mixed with excessive Auto-tune, cheap lyrics, and tired beats (most notably "Permanent December"). The album has a difficult time choosing between bitter teen angst ("Robot") and alternative riffs with unsettlingly dark tones ("Stay"). Even the closing ballad, while a gem of a simple pop tune, becomes a slave to producing techniques that reduce it to a B-side track that was stripped of its promise. Growing up is about a lot more than being louder and brasher. And it seems that Cyrus still needs to learn that if she wants to hold on to her fans, Tamed and the unlike. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2011
    4
    Lacks any kind of originality and just isn't that creative of a record. Though tracks like "Who Owns My Heart" show us that Cyrus can in factLacks any kind of originality and just isn't that creative of a record. Though tracks like "Who Owns My Heart" show us that Cyrus can in fact be irresistible, the rest of the album is just too generic and dumbed down by poor lyrics and an overuse of Auto-Tune. Expand
  7. Oct 7, 2013
    0
    Do any of us need to pretend that there is any hidden talent in this pop disaster? No. This is garbage and belongs in the dump. It boggles myDo any of us need to pretend that there is any hidden talent in this pop disaster? No. This is garbage and belongs in the dump. It boggles my mind how paid critics think this is musical genius while the actual public buying this trash refutes it as just that; trash. Expand

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