Well, that’s it. Miley is officially through with her “urban” phase. First, it was sort-of-but-not-sort-of denouncing today’s hip-hop music pointing that the raunchy lyrics prevalent in the genre was “what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c–k’—I am so not that.”

Fans are of course quick to note that this is the same genre that Cyrus made music in, pointing to her Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which is, in essence, a hip-hop record.

Now, this.

An all-out release for her new single, “Malibu”. It’s a return to her Southern roots, featuring guitars redolent to the Country belle that—love it or hate it—distinct to Miley’s sound. The breezy guitar strums are amplified by claps standing in humbly for hard beats.

Coated in these are something of a confessional and a dedication. Obviously a song for her fiancee, Miley sings: “I never would’ve believed you if three years ago you told me I’d be here writing this song….Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning and you’re there to save me/ And I wanna thank you with all of my heart/ It’s a brand new start/ A dream come true/ In Malibu.”

Watch the video here:

All this feels like a hush after the storm that is Miley’s rebel-Bangerz era. Curiously, it does not feel at all manufactured. And it wouldn’t be if we are not familiar with the distinct candor and guilelessness that Miley possesses.

People are placing this song and Miley’s forthcoming record at her most mature, and they can’t be more right.


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