Can't Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus
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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. 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.
  6. 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.
  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: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 9 out of 41
  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! Hate you people! Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    Miley breaks free from the "good-girl" image and gets more sexy. The singles are really good, especially My Heart Beats for Love, Can't Be Tamed, Every Rose Has Its Thorn and Who Owns My Heart. Stay could have been better but it's a really good ballad. Expand
  3. Mar 30, 2012
    8
    Maybe a flawed production, but her songs are from the heart and the dance-pop songs are fun to listen for everyone like,"Permanent December", "Can't Be Tamed, "Two More Lonely People", "Liberty Walk" and "Who Owns My Heart" Expand
  4. 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 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
  5. Jun 20, 2011
    5
    This is just a bad pop record. Bad production and bad vocals. The album does have some highlights with songs like "Liberty Walk", "Forgiveness & Love" and the infamous "Can't Be Tamed" but other than those tracks the album is just so-so. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2010
    4
    This album is simply okay. While this album offers nothing new or exciting, Cyrus' transformation is an interesting phenomenon to watch and while she isn't equipped to execute this transformation productively, she is certainly moving in the right direction, but with autotune this heavy and weak, Kesha-esque dance numbers she certainly needs to step up her game if she wants to be in it for the long haul. 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 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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