The Bottom Line
This single reinforces the notion that Miley Cyrus does not intend to simply be a TV-generated phenomenon in the pop music world. She is a compelling pop artist in her own right. "7 Things" finely targets her core audience in sound and lyrics. With a quick takeoff at pop radio, this should be her second top 10 pop single.
Listen to "7 Things"
- Pure energy
- Well targeted lyrics
- Miley's confident, sure vocals
- Very slick Disney-ish production
- Written by Miley Cyrus, Antonina Armato, and Tim James
- Produced by John Fields
- Released May 2008 by Hollywood Records
Guide Review - Miley Cyrus - "7 Things"
As "7 Things" kicks off, it seems as if Disney pop princess Miley Cyrus has decided to dip her toe stylistically in the crowded female singer-songwriter pool. However, then a breakneck pop-rock chorus kicks in, and it's clear this is the pure pop Miley we already know. Curtains of strings in the closing choruses are a reminder that, even with aggressive vocals and speedy tempo, this is still family-friendly music.
The focus in the lyrics on things our singing protagonist hates and loves about a potential romantic partner should hit a bullseye with Miley Cyrus' legions of young fans. Who doesn't relate at an early age to a boyfriend or girlfriend who acts out in front of friends and causes twinges of emotional pain? In essence, this is a reworking of the themes of Avril Lavigne's landmark "Complicated."
"7 Things" should provide a solid paving of the path to success for Miley Cyrus' upcoming Breakout album. Solid music and solid lyrics coupled with a winning performance should make this another major hit and worthy follow-up to the breakthrough "See You Again."