The Bottom Line
Miley Cyrus turns back to ballad territory here, and her performance is strong. Unfortunately, the song sounds like Dr. Luke tossed off the production in his spare time after devoting more attention to Katy Perry. The drama sounds forced and overwrought. Miley Cyrus fans will want this, but it's not a key song in her recording history.
- Strong vocal performance
- Overly familiar production
- Lack of development in the lyrics
- Written by Miley Cyrus, Stephan Mocchio, and Sacha Skarbek
- Produced by Dr. Luke
- Released August 2013 by RCA
Guide Review - Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
Miley Cyrus is generating controversy elsewhere in her career, but there is nothing remotely threatening about "Wrecking Ball." In fact, it is so standard as to be a little boring after hearing it the first few times. In the quieter parts of the song Miley Cyrus' vocals are a pleasure to hear. Her skills continue to develop, and she has the chops to convincingly deliver both the verse and the bombastic chorus. She also contributed to the songwriting here, but the song itself is one of the weaker elements of this record.
We all understand the emotion of entering a relationship, "like a wrecking ball." Unfortunately, that point is never really developed well in the song, and, "all you ever did was wreck me" is too easy. Dr. Luke tosses in big orchestral flourishes to emphasize the point of the lyrics, but it all ends up sounding overwrought. It is Miley Cyrus' voice that will salvage a recording that otherwise sounds like filler.
"Wrecking Ball" does demonstrate Miley Cyrus continuing to move away from teen pop and forward into a more adult sound. This track is from the upcoming album titled Bangerz. The title seems to imply there are few ballads on the new collection and instead more uptempo dance music. "Wrecking Ball" might make some headway in an adult contemporary direction, but if you wish to hear Miley Cyrus sing a ballad, "The Climb" remains a better choice.