Miley Cyrus, ‘Inspired’ | Track Review
Miley Cyrus has some moments on “Inspired,” but ultimately, the forgotten ‘Younger Now’ pre-release feels a bit undercooked.
Miley Cyrus is doing her own thing, as usual. The thing is, her own thing is very normal and conservative as of late. After taking part of all things urban culture, her forthcoming album, Younger Now (September 29), has her looking back to the past. That means there’s no more nudity, twerking, or references to mollies. Between releasing promo single “Malibu” and “Younger Now,” she also released “Inspired.” With ‘much ado’ about “Malibu” and “Younger Now,” “Inspired” has minimal buzz.
Starting with the good, vocally, Miley Cyrus sounds well-rounded. She showcases a beautiful tone and poise. She loses some of the coolness beginning on the bridge, showcasing grit and power. Cyrus matches the country-folk sensibilities of this particular cut. Another pro is the sound. While it’s starkly different than the urban pop that graced Bangerz, the countrified sound is well-executed.
Unfortunately, there’s also a number of cons. While this song starts off clear and predictable – boring if you will – it becomes a bit unpredictable. That unpredictability isn’t necessarily positive. As far as the form and overall pacing, “Inspired” seems off – uninspired. Also, as aforementioned, this song is boring, like “Malibu” and “Younger Now” are to an extent. Those two songs are stronger though, possessing a bit more personality – at least contextually. “Inspired” is meh.
Unfortunately for Miley Cyrus, “Inspired” isn’t the inspired, hidden gem we’ve been waiting for from Younger Now. At best, it’s meh, and honestly, that’s being kind. It starts out promising, again contextually, but it’s just not fully cooked. And nobody wants to eat raw food, or listen to half-finished songs.