As a fan of Miley Cyrus’ previous discography, I eagerly awaited her new single for several years.  My excitement for her new album was quickly burst in the three minutes and fifty-four seconds that is called a “song.”  Cyrus is a talented pop artist, which is why I don’t understand why she would do a song I would expect from Rihanna (who the song was originally meant for).  Not only do the lyrics sound like a typical Rihanna song, but Cyrus’ voice sounds like Rihanna’s voice, which another Film Social writer pointed out as well.  Cyrus’ previous songs had more heart in them, and weren’t about partying your life away (ie. Robot, Fly on the Wall).

We Can’t Stop seems to be promoting a lot more controversial subjects than her last record, Can’t Be Tamed, which people actually caused a fuss about.  In the beginning of the song, Cyrus sings: “Red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere / Hands in the air like we don’t care / Cause we came to have so much fun now / Got somebody here might get some now.”  Now I don’t know about everyone else, but a 20-year-old singing about underage drinking until she gets so drunk that she will possibly be taken advantage of by a sober guy (rape) as a good thing is a little bit concerning.




The only good lyrics in the song: “Remember only God can judge us / Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya,” are surrounded on both sides by lyrics God will definitely be judging.  “To my homegirls here with the big butts / Shaking it like we at a strip club,” comes before, which is a lot worse of a move for a role model than to show a bit of cleavage and midriff.  She sings after: “And everyone in line in the bathroom / Trying to get a line in the bathroom / We all so turnt up here / Getting turnt up yea yea.”  I don’t know what she was thinking.  How can a song about doing cocaine and getting as drunk and as high as possible at a party be a Grammy-worthy song?  It’s not an anything-worthy song.

Not only are there questionable lyrics, but lyrics that just don’t make sense.  Someone didn’t think this one over: “We don’t take nothing from nobody.”  That’s a double negative, so the song is really saying, “We take something from nobody,” which might mean she steals things from people she considers nobodies (if you can make any sense of that in the first place)?  I don’t think she intended for it to come across that way, but maybe being more attentive to one’s lyrics would pay off.


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With terrible lyrics, a song has to at least be catchy, right?  Wrong.  I listened with high expectations due to my previous enjoyment of Cyrus’ songs, hoping the song would pick up somewhere, but it stayed the same not-at-all-catchy track throughout.  The chorus blends right in to the rest of the song and I didn’t even know I had heard it until the chorus repeated.  I am fond of Cyrus, but We Can’t Stop is a complete let-down and a total disaster.  I want her to do well, but this song is an abomination and not a good example of her talent at all.  It seems like she is changing her music to be what is popular with older teens right now just to rake in money instead of singing what she would actually like to sing about and what genre she wants to sing (or maybe she has sadly just changed).  I just hope the rest of the album is nothing like this.

Skip it. 0.5 out of 4. —