Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus

Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus

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by Hannah Montana
     
 

A doozey of a concept album, this two-CD set captures the double life of singer/actress Miley Cyrus with one disc of songs performed by her blonder pop-star TV alter ego, Hannah Montana, and a second disc, Meet Miley Cyrus, of songs sung -- and often co-written -- by the teen actress (not, mind you, Miley Stewart, See more details below

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A doozey of a concept album, this two-CD set captures the double life of singer/actress Miley Cyrus with one disc of songs performed by her blonder pop-star TV alter ego, Hannah Montana, and a second disc, Meet Miley Cyrus, of songs sung -- and often co-written -- by the teen actress (not, mind you, Miley Stewart, whom Ms. Cyrus also plays on TV). Although unified by high-energy, Radio Disney-ready pop songs, filled with candy-coated power-pop guitars, positive, tween-and-teen-friendly lyrics, and dance-happy beats, there are subtle differences between the albums. For one, Hannah Montana 2 has higher-octane songwriters, including Robbie Neville and Matthew Gerrard (who wrote Kelly Clarkson's "Breakway"), lending their chops to proceedings. The results offer more bounce than a superball, from the ska-powered chorus of "We Got the Party" to the Avril LaVigne knockoff chorus of "Nobody's Perfect." For a nice change of pace, Hannah -- or is it Miley? -- gets funky on the Prince-lite "Old Blue Jeans" and recalls more than a little of Vanessa Carlton on "One in a Million." Meet Miley Cyrus follows a similar vibe, but the singer feels a little more invested: There's a tad more country in her voice, a little more soul in the singing. And on some of the tracks, including the searing "Right Here" and the reggae pop of "Clear," this queen of teen sounds like she doesn't need a TV show behind her to shine.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Next to the High School Musical phenomenon, Hannah Montana is probably Disney's most popular musical act of the late 2000s. Unlike High School Musical's all-star cast, however, Hannah is just one girl -- well, actually, two: even though it's Miley Cyrus who gives a face and a voice to Hannah Montana's schoolgirl-by-day, pop star-by-night adventures, she's in danger of being overshadowed by the role she plays. The first Hannah Montana soundtrack tried to differentiate Hannah from the young lady responsible for her existence by including a handful of tracks credited to Miley Cyrus; Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus goes one better and gives Cyrus and her alter ego one disc each. Hannah still gets top billing, however, and the first disc feels like the second volume of almost any soundtrack -- it's not bad, but it's also not as interesting as what came before it. "Nobody's Perfect" and "Make Some Noise" sound like less-inspired versions of the shiny, synth-driven pop and strummy acoustic ballads that made the first Hannah Montana soundtrack a hit. However, there are some songs that don't feel like also-rans, most of which dig deeper into Hannah's new wave influences: "We Got the Party"'s fizzy keyboards and chugging guitars sound a lot like Kim Wilde's "Kids in America"; "Life's What You Make It" sets bright, cheerleadery vocals to a riff that sounds like a reconfigured "My Sharona"; and "Rock Star"'s glittery pop fantasy recalls Avril Lavigne's new wave pastiche without any of the faux-punk attitude. "Old Blue Jeans" is another standout, a danceable track that shows that this volume of the Hannah Montana soundtracks actually does groove-oriented songs better than the original album did. Moments like these balance out the watered-down and downright schmaltzy songs, such as "One in a Million," a ballad with a twinkly, earnest piano melody that sounds like equal parts of Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" and Bruce Hornsby's "That's Just the Way It Is" fused together. Even though the title Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus seems a little self-defeating, it's true that the songs Cyrus sang as herself on the first soundtrack weren't especially memorable, so in a way her part of the set is a second chance to make a first impression. This time, the sound and the songs are better -- several tracks, such as "GNO (Girls' Night Out)" and "I Miss You," could easily be Hannah Montana songs, but Cyrus' singing is lower and throatier, and the arrangements are more organic and rock-oriented. She gets to sing the soundtrack's best song, an I'm-so-over-him number called "East Northumberland High," as herself, and dabbles in sounds that would be too eclectic for Hannah: "Let's Dance" has Latin dance-pop flair that is edgy compared to the Hannah Montana sound, while "Clear" pairs Cyrus' twangy voice with a laid-back reggae rhythm, making for a slightly strange but sweet combination. Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus would be just as strong as the first album if it were a single disc combining the best songs from Hannah's and Miley's albums, but Hannah Montana fans will no doubt enjoy having more music from their favorite fictional pop star and the real young woman who portrays her.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050087105464
catalogNumber:
000046502
Rank:
10377

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hannah Montana   Primary Artist
Matthew Wilder   Guitar,Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Scott Cutler   Guitar
Josh Freese   Drums
Matthew Gerrard   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
James Harrah   Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Shelly Peiken   Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Greg Wells   Musician
Sean Hurley   Bass
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Jens Gad   Guitar,Soloist
Wally Gagel   Bass Guitar
Stacy Jones   Drums
Buck Johnson   Keyboards
Greg Critchley   Drums
Anne Preven   Background Vocals
Jeff Turzo   Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Jamie Houston   Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Drums
David Levita   Guitar
Fefe Dobson   Background Vocals
Andy Dodd   Guitar,Keyboards
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Adam Watts   Drums
Geoff Pearlman   Guitar
Toby Gad   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Xandy Barry   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Nicholas Rodriguez   Bass
Ashley Saunig   Vocals
Miley Cyrus   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Robbie Nevil   Composer
Matthew Wilder   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Scott Cutler   Composer
Matthew Gerrard   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Marco Marinangeli   Arranger,Producer
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
Eddy Schreyer   Mastering
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Andy Watts   Composer
Greg Wells   Producer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer
Wally Gagel   Producer
Doug Boehm   Engineer
Nigel Lundemo   Engineer
Anne Preven   Composer
Pamela Sheyne   Composer
Dorian Crozier   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Antonina Armato   Composer,Producer
Jamie Houston   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Greg Collins   Engineer
Tim James   Producer
Jason Morey   Executive Producer
Fefe Dobson   Composer
Andy Dodd   Composer,Programming,Producer
Adam Watts   Programming,Producer
Jamie Houstin   Composer
Toby Gad   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Xandy Barry   Composer,Producer
Jeannie Lurie   Composer
Negin Djafari   Composer
Miley Cyrus   Liner Notes
ANTENNA   Producer
Michael Bradford   Producer
Steve Hammons   Engineer
Chen Neeman   Composer

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