Surprising sounds from a rebel Disney princess

Miley Cyrus shatters her Disney image with her latest album, Bangerz. RCA.

Miley Cyrus shatters her Disney image with her latest album, Bangerz. RCA.

Miley Cyrus’ highly anticipated album Bangerz just dropped at number one and it may surprise critics and fans alike.

The album boasts thirteen new tracks from the former Disney queen and features collaborations with Britney Spears, Nelly, and Ludacris. Diehard Miley fans may opt for the deluxe online-exclusive edition, which has three extra songs.

All twerking aside, Cyrus’ latest record is a unique blend of edgy dance beats and emotional ballads.

Although party anthems such as “SMS (Bangerz)” (featuring Britney Spears) and “Love Money Party” (featuring Big Sean) are fun, it is hard to take them seriously in light of Cyrus’ Disney starlet past. The party vibe is a stark contrast to her more innocent days.

But ballads like “Adore You” and “Drive” serve to dispel any scepticism about Cyrus’ talent listeners may have.  Miley has a big vocal range to match her new, larger-than-life image.

For long-time fans of the Tennessee native, the record surprises with a country-sounding number titled “4×4” with Nelly.  Bangerz has a little something for everyone, making it hard to label this a strictly-pop album.

In an industry that can so often take itself too seriously, Miley did the opposite and produced a versatile record. Bangerz may not be enough to explain her scandalous VMA performance, but it does prove Miley Cyrus really cannot be stopped.