Miley Cyrus released her new singer Malibu last month, and it’s safe to say that it’s become the song of the season.

When it first came out, I remember logging onto social media to find several posts rejoicing about the return of ‘normal’ Miley. And as much as I love her new stuff, I still can’t help but feel a bit of fondness from her previous album, Bangerz.

What I like about the album is that it talks about being yourself and owning it — as seen in the songs We Can’t Stop and SMS (Bangerz). In all 16 tracks, Miley not only owns her lifestyle — which some may not approve of — but rocks it as well. For me, that is something worth applauding. And of course, we can’t forget about Wrecking Ball, which is a great song.

Bangerz was released in 2013 — right on the heels of her controversial performance at the VMAs when she twerked with Robin Thicke. When it first came out, it seemed like everyone had something to say about Miley Cyrus or the album — why was Miley Cyrus swinging on a wrecking ball naked in the music video for Wrecking Ball, what happened to Hannah Montana, and countless other things. And yes, Bangerz is a far, far cry from her clean-cut days as a Disney star.

However, Bangerz is her departure from that.

And, Miley Cyrus isn’t the first artist to go through a phase where she sheds her squeaky clean image. Think back to 2002, when Christina Aguilera released Stripped and she released the music video for Dirrty. Or, think back to 2004, when Britney released In The Zone. This isn’t common for stars and musicians to go through such a  phase — especially when they started out as child stars like Cyrus. It’s a part of growing up in the music world, and I doubt that Miley is going to be the last singer to do so.

Therefore, think twice before you ditch Bangerz-era Miley Cyrus. If you get past the twerking and the weed, Bangerz is actually a pretty good album.

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