A Fortnight of BANGERZ: Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”

On day two of this Bangerz fortnight, and on partying with all my friends Netflix alone in the dark Saturday night no less, it couldn’t be more fitting to pick apart track two of Bangerz, the comeback/transition/quintessential party hit, “We Can’t Stop.” Take a listen below if you haven’t heard it enough:

Oh, Milers. The first time I heard “We Can’t Stop” it felt like a breakup. We’ve been through our ups and downs, with “Can’t Be Tamed” and your “film acting” phase, but this was a new level. On first listen, I was afraid you’d changed too much for me. “You’re trying too hard.” “This isn’t you.” “Why don’t you call me back, best friend Miley?” Wait. Uh.

My initial reaction as played by the always relevant Ron Swanson. (source)


After a little time apart and a lot of bargaining, I listened again. And again. And again. I couldn’t stop.

Thanks for the rep, Ron. (source)

And then and there I decided this was a change for the better. I think we can work this out. Missed you.

If you couldn’t quite deduce, this song came as a big wakeup call to me; an in-your-face introduction to the new (and improved?) Miley Cyrus, the electronic r&b shock artist. I wasn’t quite ready for it but like most pop music, it was drilled into my brain and after a few listens I realized it wasn’t going anywhere but up.

“We Can’t Stop” is an unmistakeable hit with more layers than the world’s biggest onion shallot:


It has plenty of Auto-Tune for an electronic kick, a little bit of rap for a hip-hop flair and of course, an ear worm formed into a repetitive-yet-catchy dance pop beat.

The main gripe of the song is the uninspired lyrics. Some examples include:

“La-da-di-da-di. We like to party.”

“Shakin’ it like we at a strip club.”

“Dancin’ with Molly.”

“(Insert the entire song here).”

I get it, Miley, you’re edgy now. You like drugs, alcohol AND sex. You are wild and cuh-RAZY! But did you have to shove it in our faces in a way that made 2 Chainz sound like a modern day Shakespeare? Relevant analogy: “Got a big booty so I call her Big Booty” :: “Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day.”

Now it’s not like I’m arguing for a more intelligent set of lyrics for “We Can’t Stop.” Just something a little more inspired and less elementary. But this song is the beginning of a transition, and a perfect representation of Miley’s reintroduction into the pop-o-sphere. All we can do now is sit back and see what she does, writes, prays, or smokes next.

Check back tomorrow for a comb-through of Bangerz’ track 3, “SMS (Bangerz)” featuring bad bitch BRITNEY SPEARS.

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