Breakout

Breakout

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by Miley Cyrus
     
 

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Technically, Breakout is Miley Cyrus' second album, but her first was part of the two-disc set Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, which attempted to capitalize on Cyrus' huge popularity as The Disney Channel's pop star in disguise and establish her as a real pop star under her own name. Though she scored a tween-pop hit with "See You Again," the…  See more details below

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Technically, Breakout is Miley Cyrus' second album, but her first was part of the two-disc set Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, which attempted to capitalize on Cyrus' huge popularity as The Disney Channel's pop star in disguise and establish her as a real pop star under her own name. Though she scored a tween-pop hit with "See You Again," the songs Cyrus recorded as herself on Meet Miley Cyrus weren't significantly different than her Hannah Montana fare. She takes another step toward having her own pop identity with Breakout, the first album credited to Miley Cyrus alone. Breakout is possibly the most generic title this set of songs could have, but it expresses the album's purpose nicely: Miley sheds the confines of her Hannah Montana image for an identity that is just as stylized and calculated as her alter ego. As with all Disney music, nothing has been left to chance. Breakout hits all the marks that a 2008 pop album should, right down to a dance remix and a song about saving the environment; cunningly, "Wake Up America" is one of the album's catchiest moments. These songs were written and produced by committee, designed to present the feisty, carefree Miley (the title track's schoolgirl rebellion) and the sensitive Miley ("The Driveway," "Goodbye") to the widest audience possible. Truth be told, these sides of Miley still aren't drastically different from Hannah Montana's music -- "Full Circle," with its bubbly melody and playful lyrics, plays like a slightly more sophisticated Hannah Montana single. Cyrus' sound is still a mix of Avril Lavigne-esque sass and Michelle Branch-like vulnerability, served with a bright sheen borrowed from new wave, which she nods to with an oddly rushed, strings-driven cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Cyrus' voice is deeper and rougher than when she's singing as Hannah, and there are a few more reflective moments here than there would be on her other project, but only a handful of songs truly break out from the Montana mold. "Bottom of the Ocean" is so polished and restrained that it could be a hit on triple-A radio, while "7 Things" is a twangy, clever piece of love-hate pop that feels descended from Shania Twain's flirty mix of rock and country. The controlling boyfriend putdown "Fly on the Wall" goes in a completely different direction, playing like a G-rated version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" with fuzzed-out guitars and keyboards that lead into girlishly snotty vocals. Even if these songs are derivative of much more established pop divas, they provide clues to the kind of company Cyrus aims to keep. And while Breakout isn't as much of a breakthrough as it could be, it still moves Miley closer to an identity and career outside of Hannah.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
1/2 With Breakout, Disney's queen bee finally has a sophisticated pop record under her own name, and she's venting the frustrations of a teen who's too grown-up to submit to her parents, teachers or anyone else.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Breakout's best tunes let Cyrus be feisty without graduating to Avril-like levels of petulance: ''Full Circle,'' ''The Driveway,'' and the single ''7 Things,'' which veers from sensitive breakup song in the strummy verses to punky-pop kiss-off in the double-time choruses. [B]
Billboard
"It's grown-up," Cyrus tells Billboard in an exclusive interview. "I wrote all the songs except two. My last one, Meet Miley Cyrus, was more just meeting me, finding out who I am, and here it's more getting in depth of what's been going on in my life in the past year."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087123536
catalogNumber:
000212902
Rank:
40920

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Performance Credits

Miley Cyrus   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Matthew Wilder   Keyboards
Tommy Barbarella   Keyboards
Michael Bland   Drums
Paul Bushnell   Bass
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Josh Freese   Drums
James Harrah   Guitar
Jon Lind   Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano
William Owsley   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Sean Hurley   Bass
Gigi Worth   Background Vocals
Ken Chastain   Percussion
Anne Preven   Background Vocals
Stephen Lu   Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Zac Rae   Keyboards
David Levita   Guitar
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Ryan Star   Background Vocals
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Keyboards,Track Performer
Katy Perry   Background Vocals
Aaron Dudley   Guitar
Parker Jayne   Drums
Gina Shock   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matthew Wilder   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Robert Hazard   Composer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Scott Cutler   Composer,Producer
John Fields   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Gavin MacKillop   Engineer
Gina Schock   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Nigel Lundemo   Engineer
Anne Preven   Composer,Producer
Stephen Lu   String Arrangements
Antonina Armato   Composer,Producer
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Tim James   Composer
Jason Morey   Executive Producer
Cheyenne Kimball   Composer
Miley Cyrus   Composer
Peter Anderson   Engineer
Heather Sturm   Engineer
Steve Hammons   Engineer,drum programming
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming
Aaron Dudley   Composer
Trey Vittetoe   Composer

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