Concert preview: Miley Cyrus makes up for lost time with Bangerz

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From the April 10, 2014 edition

In early 2001, satirical newspaper The Onion ran an article under the headline “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.” It’s a mantle most recently adopted by former child star Miley Cyrus, who, in an effort to distance herself from her tame Disney roots, has increasingly flaunted her sexuality, twerking on Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, posing in various states of undress for photographers like Terry Richardson and constantly flicking out her tongue, like a cross between His Airness and an iguana.

At times, the spectacle of it all has distracted from the fact that Cyrus’ most recent album, Bangerz, is actually quite good, combining the work of top-flight producers like Pharrell and Dr. Luke with the singer’s malleable voice, which shifts easily between country-leaning side trips (“4x4”) and more club-oriented, uh, bangers like “Do My Thang.” “I just started living,” she sings on the album-opening “Adore You.” Bangerz is the sound of this young artist making up for this lost time.

Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop also perform.

Photo courtesy of Miley Cyrus