First Hit #1: September 28, 2013
Miley Cyrus wants to be considered a grown up. Apparently that means getting naked. Yeah, the conversation surrounding Wrecking Ball starts with the insane video, which is kind of an attempt to be sexy by someone who doesn’t quite understand sex. It’s certainly got a ton of nudity, and licking, but it’s not even remotely erotic. It’s like a train wreck with a bit of butt cheek. Of course, since everyone wanted to see the totally insane video, it got a ton of views through streaming, and videos are back to driving the charts, but possibly not in the way you want.
Wrecking Ball itself isn’t actually a bad song, provided you listen without the fairly embarrassing video. It is definitely trying to latch onto the trend for big choruses while also being tender and heartfelt, so you’ve got the “I will always love you” half of the chorus before launching into the incongruously big part, and while I’m not sure the big part actually makes sense in context it does give you an attention grabbing hook and that’s as important as anything else. Cyrus herself manages the transition fairly well, and overall the song is actually a pretty solid pop ballad that is sullied by her desperation to shed her Disney-approved former image. Ignore the video, and it’s pretty decent.