Breakout

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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."

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]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087123536
  • Catalog Number: 000212902
  • Sales rank: 14,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breakout (3:26)
  2. 2 7 Things (3:33)
  3. 3 The Driveway (3:43)
  4. 4 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (3:06)
  5. 5 Full Circle (3:14)
  6. 6 Fly on the Wall (2:31)
  7. 7 Bottom of the Ocean (3:15)
  8. 8 Wake Up America (2:46)
  9. 9 These Four Walls (3:28)
  10. 10 Simple Song (3:32)
  11. 11 Goodbye (3:53)
  12. 12 See You Again (3:16)
  13. 13 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

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 III 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 Jr. 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
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Nigel Lundemo Engineer, Digital Editing
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT HAPPENED

    -First off she used to be a good singer. Now I can't really say I like Miley Cyrus. There are only really three songs that I like from this CD and they are Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 7 Things, and Fly On A Wall. WHAT HAPPENED! Since when have you cared about the world/enviorment. So what was the point of Bottom of the Ocean, and Wake Up America. C'mon please just stick with the tunes of 7 Things, Fly on a Wall, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Those are REALLY GOOD SONGS. Please Next Time Do Beats Like Those Three Songs That We Liked. -BYE

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We love Miley!

    My kids are big Miley fans. We bought this CD the day it was released. It has yet to come out of the CD player! I don't mind listening to her over and over again. I had a few songs before the CD was finalized &amp released. One never made it on the finished product. I actually like the ones that are raw- mainly an acoustic version. Many people complain about her raspy voice, but my daughter and niece are the same way. It must run in the family. I like Miley's speaking and singing voice. I can tell the difference between this CD and previous ones. She has come a long way and it will be interesting to watch her career. My son loves Fly on the Wall. My oldest daughter likes the fishy song, Bottom of the Ocean. (We had a good laugh when we learned she was actually inspired for the song by the death of her goldfish!) My youngest will always be a fan of See you Again, but that is only because her name is in the song. Yes, she is named Miley. Overall, it's a good CD. It is totally appropriate for the teens and tweens and even toddlers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    its a nice follow up but its more a step backwards not forwards

    okay miley you need to sing alot more better to impress me iv listened to all your albums over and over and over again on my ipod for the past 12 months your singin is a little weak try acting more like a disney channel star because thats what you are you are not a rock star yet your songs are kind of sappy on this album 7 things has one very annyoing beat fly on the wall is sort of a complete rip off of ac/dc song and album iv read somewhere that you wanted to call your album fly on the wall but since that title was already taken you made a choice to cal your second studio album breakout and listen iley im not a hater of your music or acting but you could do better once you get older but your not such a very god artist at the moment maybe next time miley

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    I love this album. I think for her next one, Miley should go country. She would make such a great country singer! Okay, here is a little rank list of what i think of all the songs...<BR/><BR/>Breakout: 9/10- great tune/ lyrics/ message, and fun to dance and rock out to.<BR/>7 Things: 9/10- awesome! the only reason im giving it a 9 is cuz ive heard it on the radio so much ive grown kinda sick of it... lol. still a nice song.<BR/>The Driveway- 8/10- not the best but pretty good song.<BR/>Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Great remake of the original classic! miley is very good at singing it...<BR/>Full Circle- 8/10- its okay i guess<BR/>Fly On The Wall: 9/10- great beat! fun to work out to. <BR/>Bottom of the Ocean: 8/10- It's a bit slow, but Miley wrote it herself. the lyrics are pretty good though.<BR/>Wake Up America: 9/10- Great message! <BR/><BR/>sry that i only rated like half of the songs...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Miley Rocks

    Miley has taken it to the next level. Her new album far surpasses her previous work, which was also excellent. Even our baby sisters like this one, especially Fly on the Wall. She makes a great statement with "Wake Up America", which leaves a message that will stick with us. I also liked her statement of faith in Jesus Christ on the Nickelodeon awards show. She is the real deal and does not deserve any of the criticism she has received by the media.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miley Fails Once Again

    Miley has proven once again that she cannot sing and is still not over Jonas Brother band member Nick Jonas. Here is a tip Miley don't record anymore songs and it will save others from head aches.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stuiped crap!!!!!

    there one reason im glad this album is out, to show the world what a horrible singer she is!!!!! the only song i like is just the song girls just want to have fun but soo not when she sings it!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AH'IGHT

    sorry to all yall miley-luvrs, but this album was a dissapointment. every song sounded the same....like scary and emo and boring and weird. I liked the bubble-gum pop Miley, and i HATE this new scary-trying-to-be-20-yrs-old Miley.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    crap

    album was a big disappointment...the only good song in my opinion was see you again

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's awesome!!

    OK I just brought this Cd and love it soooo much. I hated Miley at first but she a good singer and she really pretty. I love the Song &quot Fly on the Wall&quot and &quot Bottom of the Ocean&quot I would say get it cuz it's so cool.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    I've had this since I was 11, and now I'm a teenager, haven't stopped listening to it! :)

    I have to say, through Miley's thick and thin, I've been a fan. I have Can't Be Tamed, Meet Miley Cyrus,The Time Of Our Lives,3 Hannah Montana CDs, and I'm going to be getting her 4th album next year. From Breakout written by Katy Perry, originally supposed to be on her album 'One of those Boys' to the Rock Mafia remix of See You Again, it has different turning points, saying 'you left me goodbye' or 'im coming to get you' revenge, and heartbreaks are the subjects of this album. Miley's debut is original. I personally like the Rock Mafia remix of See You Again, better than the original version. Wake Up America, is basically saying to GO GREEN! :D :D this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    I Can't Wait, To See You Again.

    "Breakout", as most people know as her debut, has struck popularity over the years, its has sold millions of copies all over the world, Also, there have been many editions available of the CD. If I were to choose a favorite song, it would probably be the lead single, "7 Things". The song is very personal and its a great song to sing on a nice day. Also, the upbeat "Fly on the Wall" single is great too, But, I have to mention the cover (done by Miley) of the song "These Four Walls" which happens to be Cheyenne Kimball's song.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    terrible album by the idiot mile cyrus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    boring album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    lame second studio album by the lame miley cyrus

    lame cd by miley cyrus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiring Songs

    I thought these songs were really inspiring. They're sad yet happy and that's what i look for in music. I reccomend this CD for any 12-19 year old going through a breakup. It really makes you think!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD!!

    Miley has done it again! This is a great album! I love every single song on this CD. This is definately worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A TOTAL WINNER!

    I love this record, Miley hit a home run! So far my favorite song is Breakout - it's my new theme song. Also great are Full Circle and Fly on the Wall. GO MILEY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer, Miley's #1 fan

    I love this new cd!! I listen to it every minute I can. It is definately a step up from Hannah(although I love Hannah and I love the tv show Hannah Montana). I think her new cd will attract a lot of older audiences.This is probably one of the best cd's ever made in my life time!! WAY TO GO MILEY!!! All you people that say you hate her are just jelous that your are not as talented as Miley! I totally recommend this to everybody!! Don't let any one ever bring you down Miley, you are my hero AND YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! Keep on doing what you're doing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's alright

    Miley's songs all kind of sound the same except for Fly on the Wall which has a sort of electric beat behind it. Her voice isn't the best I've ever heard. Sometimes she can get nasely. Over all it was pretty good. I know her Hannah Montana fans will be hard to shake off now that she is trying to be herself instead of Hannah Montana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Good Enough to be a 3 Star but, not Bad Enough to be a 2 Star

    Miley isn't ACTUALLY as good as she sounds on the CD. In real life, she's terrible but, she sounds amazing in the recording studio. The songs were very annoying (espicially 7 things) except for Fly on the Wall which was pretty good.

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