From her humble beginnings as Hannah Montana to her public disposal of everything Disney with the album release Bangerz, Miley Cyrus steps yet again through the revolving door of genre-bending with her latest EP, SHE IS COMING.
Released last Friday, SHE IS COMING is the first of Cyrus’ EP-trilogy (the next two being SHE IS HERE and SHE IS EVERYTHING). Together, all 18 tracks from the three EPs will form Cyrus' upcoming full-length seventh studio album, She Is Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus launches the project with the strength of the EP’s first track, “Mother’s Daughter.” The anthemic opener boasts a powerful message about independence and the strength of Cyrus’ femininity, as she attributes her drive to her mom with lyrics such as, “I’m nasty, I’m evil / Must be something in the water, or that I’m my mother’s daughter.”
The unapologetic vibes carry over to the EP’s second track, “Unholy.” On it, Cyrus blindsides her naysayers with a harsh but simple lyrical truth — “I’m a little bit unholy. So what? So is everyone else.” The production value of this song easily makes this a standout track on the EP, along with the reggae-infused track “Party Up The Street,” which features Rae Srummerd’s Swae Lee and producer Mike WiLL Made-It.
SHE IS COMING begins its descent into disappointment with its fourth track, “Cattitude.” Featuring an extensive monologue from drag performer RuPaul, the song’s lyrics have the intended energy of an LGBTQ and feminist anthem with its club-influenced beat. However, the overall result is an unmelodious stumble which has no business being played during PRIDE month or a women’s march.
Salvaging the mediocre mess that is “Cattitude” was Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, with his feature on the EP’s fifth track, “D.R.E.A.M.” Influenced by the Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 hit “C.R.E.A.M.,” Cyrus’ first-person spin on the acronym stands for how “drugs rule everything around her,” as the singer narrates through her party-filled past on the airy pop tune.
In just under 19 minutes, SHE IS COMING proves itself to be an eclectic collection of character. As if it were a musical camera of sorts, the EP presents a candid image of who Cyrus was and is to come — a thematic element Cyrus herself claims she wanted to invoke with the record.
"When people hear my music they hear a fragment of time, something I feel or felt right then,” Cyrus said in an interview with Vanity Fair earlier this year. “By the time it (SHE IS COMING) gets to your ears I may have grown past it, but I am truest to who I am at that very second.”
With her Nashville twang and mezzo-soprano vocals, Cyrus’ range dominates each track in a way that isn’t necessarily overpowering, as evident in songs such as “Mother’s Daughter” and “The Most.” However, with blunders such as “Cattitude,” it’s overtly obvious that the Disney alum still has some solidifying to do when it comes to defining her sound.
RATING -- 3.5 out of 5 stars