This album says the most about me,” says Miley Cyrus about her third solo album, Can’t Be Tamed, which is out today. “I wanted this record to be completely and totally honest. It’s really about a little of everything going on in my life now.”
Now on the brink of adulthood at 17, Miley is happily leaving her Disney days behind. “As I’ve gotten older my image has changed a little bit,” says Miley. “I’m more of a woman now than the kid that started on ‘Hannah Montana.’ I’ve grown up. I’ve learned a lot along the way.”
She’s rocking a rebellious new look—which has been greeted with the same skepticism Britney dealt with years ago—and cites Joan Jett and Blondie as her influences. Not bad company for a young female artist to keep.
Miley co-wrote nearly every track on the album—which is heavy on Lady Gaga-inspired danceable pop—including the first single, the uber-catchy girl-power anthem “Can’t Be Tamed”, which shot to the top of the iTunes’ singles chart last month.
The lyrical content on this album has certainly come a long way from “Party in the U.S.A.” On “Liberty Walk” Miley sings about leaving unhealthy relationships, while on “Robot” she says she will not be controlled by others.
And though she may not have been born when the song came out, Miley’s take on Poison’s 1988 hit “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” is heartfelt, and even features Bret Michaels on guitar. “I told him I’d love to get in the studio and work together on this song,” says Miley. “Now that he’s everywhere, it’s amazing to me that we got on this so early.”
Can’t Be Tamed is out now.