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Miley Cyrus enters a new era with "Flowers"

Miley Cyrus


Release: January 13, 2023

Review by Jaylen Heady

Miley Cyrus deserves flowers for all the bad bitch disco vibes she just gave us (but she can buy them herself).

This generation's Madonna announced her "New Year, New Miley" era just weeks before "Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party" on NBC as well as the release date of the lead single Flowers during the broadcast. Following her showstopping holiday collaborations with icons like Dolly Parton, FLETCHER, Sia, Rae Sremmurd, David Byrne, and more, fans anxiously awaited the genre-bender's return to music, and it didn’t take long for them to notice the significance of the release date.

Cyrus' divorce with actor Liam Hemsworth in 2020 inspired much of her last rock album Plastic Hearts, and it's offering one last bit of inspiration. Cyrus released Flowers on Hemsworth's birthday seemingly as a final farewell to her former man and her former life.

She opens the jam with a delicate bass that builds to an incredibly catchy tempo throughout the chorus. The subject of the song becomes clear when she laments, "built a home and watched it burn," referencing her shared Malibu home with Hemsworth that fell victim to the California wildfires of 2018.

The chorus is yet another jab to Hemsworth as Cyrus mirrors the lyrics of Bruno Mars' hit When I Was Your Man. Cyrus-experts noted that Hemsworth once dedicated the song to her. She sings:

I can buy myself flowers Write my name in the sand Talk to myself for hours Say things you don’t understand I can take myself dancing I can hold my own hand Yeah, I can love me better than you can.

The light disco orchestral instrumentation behind the dance-worthy drums makes this yet another party hit from Cyrus. In addition to noteworthy production, she has a vocal tone that is beautifully subtle when she wants it to be and a powerhouse belt at all the right moments. From pop to country to rock to disco, she can sing just about any genre and absolutely dominate it.

The best part of the song (as cited by Twitter fans) is undoubtedly the drop of the beat in the bridge before she goes into the empowering chorus once more. The music video cemented this section of the song as a favorite when fans saw Cyrus clad in a stunning black blazer dancing wildly.

Flowers is a dazzling first taste of her eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation set to release on March 10th and we cannot wait to hear more!

Listen to Flowers on Spotify and Apple Music. Follow Miley Cyrus on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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