The general public has criticized Miley Cyrus for years. It took her a while to get free of her Hannah Montana’s career with Disney, then she dipped her toes into country, hip-hop, pop and now rock. New Cyrus album, “Plastic Hearts”, is arguably his best work and combines all of his past musical experience with influences like Blondie and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to create the most empowering album I’ve heard in a while.
I didn’t believe Miley Cyrus had a rock album, until my dad – the man who raised me on AC / DC, The Who and David Bowie – told me I absolutely had to listen to Miley Cyrus sing “Zombie”. I generally don’t like blankets – other than Heart’s interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” – but Cyrus’ cover of “Zombie” from The Cranberries literally gave me chills. I’m starting to think that what brings me closest to seeing Dolores O’Riordan live is buying a ticket to a Miley Cyrus concert.
Cyrus incorporates some of rock’s biggest names into his album, including Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, and Billy Idol. The last three songs on the album are the remix “Midnight edge” with Stevie Nicks and two covers – “Heart of glass” by Blondie and the aforesaid “Zombie” by cranberries. Cyrus is the angry female rock star this generation desperately needs. Her music is edgy, angry and almost deranged, and explores her own sexuality and freedom in ways that many other female rock artists don’t.
Generation Z has been without a current rock star for years. Pop and hip-hop music has taken over the music scene, and the closest thing to female angst until this album was Billie Eilish, who just won’t do the job if you’re pissed off enough. Of course we have the wonderfully talented pipes from Florence welch and Amy Lee, but as much as these women fit into the rock and alternative scene, their music is still very much focused on female pain and is more melancholy than anything else. They sing about grief, loneliness and mental illness – Welch even wrote a song about her fight against drug addiction and its eating disorder. While this music is important, it doesn’t exactly reflect the same edgy nature that other rock music captures so well. Sometimes we girls just need to scream a little.
Rock has been predominantly male since its inception. Women in all areas of the rock genre are grouped with men or hypersexualized in business for the purpose of selling, and there is no middleman. Kurt Cobain has spoken openly about sexism in the industry, and admitted that many of the rock songs he liked had very sexist lyrics. Cobain came to Seattle at the same time as the underground punk feminist movement known as Riot grrrl and thought that rock music should be more respectful of women in general, and that there should be more women in the genre.
Janis Joplin was the first true female rock star we could name who paved the way for women after her in the rock genre, even though she was confused with men for not being the rock-and-roll sex symbol that we all belong to. was waiting. We almost constantly see the corporate hypersexualization of women in the music industry, from men singing about women in a sexual way to scantily clad women on album covers and on stage selling records and tickets. It’s 2021 and women shouldn’t have to be sexy or pretend to be one of the guys to be rock stars.
Rock is a kind of pain, anger, heckling and wild freedom to be in your own skin. When women show too much emotion publicly, they are deemed hysterical. When she’s comfortable in her own skin, she’s ashamed. Women are expected to be calm, coordinated, calm and respectful. We are held to an impossible double standard that rock music helps destroy by creating a space in which women can be whatever they want to be – not sweet, not pure and innocent, not a victim, but a woman filled with love. rage.
Miley herself has been a victim of this double standard – for years the general public critical she for her promiscuity and her madness, especially after the release of her album “Bangerz”. By entering the rock genre, she finds this freedom on which the genre was built. Miley explores her own sexuality and freedom in “Plastic Hearts” in a way that is aggressively confident and comfortable in her own skin. The truth is, women are just as pissed off as men, if not more, and we deserve an outlet as powerful as rock music to release that anger and frustration.
Women are not expected to be aggressive, but the current state of the world justifies aggression from everyone, especially women. Around the world, Gen Z are the loudest of all generations about their dissatisfaction with politics, social structures and the general state of the planet.
Gen Z are angry and need a crazy, rowdy, angry rockstar. Miley Cyrus’ carefree attitude to what everyone else thinks and her songs about self-discovery and the wild freedom she has are what this generation desperately needs in the music we listen to. Gen Z women are tired of sitting still and looking pretty, and it helps a lot to be able to sing at the top of their lungs to a song that doesn’t glorify our pain.
Dalia Maeroff writes primarily on issues of psychology, education, culture and environmentalism. Write to him at [email protected].