I surrender, Miley Cyrus!

Miley_lI like to consider myself a more than usually open-minded music listener, but even I’ve gotta draw the line somewhere. Such as: For several years, I have observed a strict policy of willfully tuning out the recorded output of Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana, and any other perky alter-egos she might have. I’m only willing to go so far in defense of prefab Disney Channel tween-pop, especially when all anyone seems to want to talk about are the various complaints  and scandals involving her concert tickets. There’s just one problem: I am secretly, unbeknownst even to myself until this week, actually kind of a big Miley Cyrus fan.

Oh, what a fool I’ve been! I’ve spent the last few weeks absent-mindedly wondering who sings “See You Again,” the extremely catchy pop-rock hit I keep hearing everywhere I turn. The driving rhythm is irresistible; the twitchy melody is compulsively re-listenable; and the lyrics are, no kidding, really well crafted. Especially in the chorus: Has there been a more vivid portrait of a panicky high-school crush on the radio in the past decade?

As everyone except for yours truly probably knew already, "See You Again" is of course sung by the apple of Billy Ray’s eye herself. (Perhaps the part of the hook where she explicitly refers to herself as "Miley" should have tipped me off sooner? My perceptive sig oth noticed it instantly.) So, yes, I’m currently eating a healthy serving of crow. And starting to mull over whether I really oughta check out that double (!) album Miley/Hannah put out last year. Anyone want to join me in admitting how much you dig this song, if not the artist in question?

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  • Ben

    I’m with you Simon. I was saddened that this chick sells so many albums but watched Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel with my daughter and the girl has some comedic acting chops. She’s crazy likable. Then I heard the song “See You Again” and I hated to say that I instantly liked it. Now I’m about to download it to put on my iPod because it will be great to run to on the treadmill. I don’t know about the double CD yet though…I feel I’ve already crossed a line I shouldn’t have. By the way, even her dad’s song “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” (about Miley) is good!

  • T-Rex

    It’s very well produced. Her voice bugs the crap out of me though. Currently I’m doing everything in my power to keep my 7 year-old daughter away from Ms. Montana.

  • Lindsay

    Is it just me, or does it vaguely remind anyone else of that 80s classic, Sunglasses at Night (or whatever) by Corey Hart?

  • Sally in Chicago

    She’s a genuine, natural talent and that’s rare in show business. She actually looks like she’s having fun.

  • Stephanie T.

    Lindsay: Yep you hit it on the nose. The first phrase of that song sounds like “Sunglasses at Night”. Maybe the lyricist unintentionally made that error as in the case of George Harrison and his song “My Sweet Lord” which was almost identical to “He’s So Fine” or the lyricist wanted an 80’s style and SGAN was a favorite song of theirs and got permission to use it in Cyrus’es song? Who knows?

  • Vicky

    Definitely a secret Hannah Montana/Miley fan. I watch the show every now and then. Plus I’ve tried to download her theme song “Best of Both Worlds.” Alas, I couldn’t get a good copy of it. Maybe I’ll try again. And I’ll probably download the song above as well.

  • Brainiac

    Simon Vozick-Levinson, you have proven once and for all how $hitty your musical taste is. How anyone can endure more than two minutes of her singing? Even Hilary Duff can carry a tune better than Miley “I am only here because I have a famous daddy” Cyrus, and Hilary Duff has virtually zero vocal ability.
    Britney may have had an irritating voice, but at least the girl could dance and put on a show. This girl ain’t got squat.

  • Alyce

    I like the song too…(hides from Brainiac)

  • Andi

    Having a 9 year old daughter, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana is nearly impossible to avoid, it is one of my daughter’s cd’s that doesn’t make me crazy. High School Musical 1000 times later and I welcome Miley or Hannah!

  • el

    To: Brainiac
    Talent or no talent aside, I think it’s funny that you think that Miley could become famous because of her one-hit wonder dad. No one even remembered his name 3 years ago, before Hannah Montana.

  • Krum

    I just listened to that song three times in a row, and it got better and better each time. The girl can belt out a tune for sure, and Hannah Montana is a hilarious show. Miley’s definitely got it going on, I like her.

  • RightNextToMars

    I actually haven’t heard much of her music, but I did stumble upon Ryan Seacrest interviewing her on his morning radio show. I didn’t catch the name at first and I assumed he was talking to some actress in her 20s. She was funny, genuine, and articulate and while I have a few issues with “kids programming” these days, I do appreciate how charming the girl is.

  • BJohnson

    I actually like her music, because I think about the music I used to bug and play nonstop in the 80s (Tiffany, Debbie, MJ, etc), I really can’t be too annoyed when my niece wants to hear her. Hey there is so much crap in music, she’s just singing about being a girl. Her voice isn’t supposed to be all that mature, isn’t she just 15? The show is funny for kids without any innuedos to adults like some shows do to draw in more adults. It’s real family programming. I’d rather hear a Hannah/Miley song coming out of my niece’s mouth than Avril Lavigne anyday.

  • Michelle

    I somehow managed to get tickets for her concert for my daughter and I. She really is talented, puts on a great show, and seems really down to earth. If you want to be safe, venture into the “Meet Miley Cyrus” CD…I like Miley’s music better than Hannah’s!

  • Valerie

    Lindsay, I’m with you on this ! It did remind me a lot of Corey Hart’s Sunglasses at Night. I think it,s a very good song, and I give it even more credit since it’s so much better than all the crap that’s Disney Channel related !

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