Can't Be Tamed

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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: 29 out of 56
  2. Negative: 11 out of 56
  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. Apr 12, 2015
    10
    Um álbum intimo, feito com carinho e amargurado pela crítica e mídia, foi uma era que deis do começo já tinha dado sinais que não iria se darUm álbum intimo, feito com carinho e amargurado pela crítica e mídia, foi uma era que deis do começo já tinha dado sinais que não iria se dar bem, dito e feito, mas isso não faz com que o álbum seja ruim. Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2011
    9
    Can't Be Tamed is a perfect name for a diverse and eclectic, yet contained album. Miss Cyrus tries out several different styles on thisCan't Be Tamed is a perfect name for a diverse and eclectic, yet contained album. Miss Cyrus tries out several different styles on this electro-pop album, from Fleetwood Mac-esque ballads such as Forgiveness & Love and throwback Britney Spears on club bangers such as Who Owns My Heart. She holds her own on each song, proving she can sing with the rest of her older contemporaries. The bottom line is, Can't Be Tamed is NOT a one-dimensional pop album with songs predominantly about partying and being promiscuous as many of her peers have. The young Miley addresses such issues as breaking free from an abusive relationship in the dance song Liberty Walk, gay-equality and activism in My Heart Beats For Love, and wanting to re-kindle a fading flame in the surprisingly mature Stay. While the blend of almost soulless electro-production from Rock Mafia seems out of place with the worth-reading lyrics of the album (many of which were penned by Cyrus herself) Can't Be Tamed is a free-spirited, abstract piece of art rather than a 99 cent painting on a rectangular canvas.
    Rating -- 9/10. The Princess of Pop in training puts effort into breaking free, and she shatters the barriers effortlessly.
    Top Tracks: Liberty Walk, Robot, Who Owns My Heart, My Heart Beats For Love.
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  4. Jul 16, 2016
    7
    Miley Cyrus puts all her efforts into displaying an edgier look. I loved "Can't Be Tamed," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Permanent December,"Miley Cyrus puts all her efforts into displaying an edgier look. I loved "Can't Be Tamed," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Permanent December," "Stay," "Scars," "Take Me Along," and "My Heart Beats for Love." In songs like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Stay," her vocals prove to be strong; on tracks like "Can't Be Tamed," she shows off her transformation into a more provocative sound. Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2013
    5
    Oh God NO, she Can't Be Tamed, cause she's Built Like That. Rock Mafia I love you guys to death and glad to work with you guys but, she BuiltOh God NO, she Can't Be Tamed, cause she's Built Like That. Rock Mafia I love you guys to death and glad to work with you guys but, she Built Like That. Oh God No. Let's go by song. Liberty Walk: I enjoy this song, great lyrics great beat Id give it a 4 1/2/5. Who Owns My Heart: Sloppy lyrics but infectious beat 3/5. Can't Be Tamed: Great sound, but my God the lyrics are all over the place and she sounds like Kanye "Im the best thing to happen to this world", no, no, no 3/5 for the beat. Every Rose Has Its Thorne: Love the sound and lyrics but her voice isn't right for the song 3/5. Two More Lonely People: One of my least favorites half good beat and half good lyrics but not a half score song 2/5. Forgiveness and Love: I actually have nothing bad to say 4 1/2/5. Permanent December: Not a fan to auto-tunie all over the place lyrics and odd beat 2/5. Stay: Couldn't make it through but 2/5. Scars: I actually enjoyed it the beat at the beginning sounds good 4/5. Take Me Along: 2/5. Robot: Usually when she does things like the Oooohhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Ohhhhhh thing I hate it, but the beat that played with it turned that around. 4/5. My Heart Beats For Love: I dont k now mixed feelings 3/5. All in all this album is too much and too little and too self obsourbed. 5/10. Miley please never do a Can't Be Tamed, cause Im Built Like That song again. FYI your voice isn't even that good. Demi Lovato, Zendaya, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, McClain Sisters, Coco Jones, all have better voices. You were just the biggest star thanks to Hannah Montana, but I will honestly say I am looking forward to your next album cause you do make some good songs. And please don't entitle it "Danger Zone". ehhhh. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2011
    4
    Surely this is the worst album of his career. Overall looks like a cheap imitation of the current pop vocals with little convincing. There areSurely this is the worst album of his career. Overall looks like a cheap imitation of the current pop vocals with little convincing. There are few songs that are saved in the midst of this disaster, including the title track 'Can't Be Tamed', 'Permanent December' and 'Liberty Walk'. Collapse
  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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