Miley Cyrus‘ ongoing transformation from squeaky clean Disney star to edgy, can’t-be-tamed woman-child has thus far revolved primarily around her Instagram photos and personal style choices. But at the end of the day, she’s still officially a pop star, so now there’s a new song to listen to while you watch The Miley Show on the internet each day.
Billed as the first single off her forthcoming follow-up to 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed, “We Can’t Stop” represents a great big step into vaguely R&B-inflected club pumpers for young Miley. And from the lyrics, it seems Miley has progressed beyond her childish experimentations with weed and salvia and transitioned to the hard stuff. The line “dancing with Molly” seems like a reference to the ravey club drug MDMA, which, along with everything else from the nineties, is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. (It amuses me to no end that so many hard ass rappers are willing to namecheck the ultimate cuddle drug.) Then she talks about people “standing in line for the bathroom, tryna get a line in the bathroom.” Doesn’t she know that coke is OVER?
Do you think she’ll play dumb and use the old “I didn’t write the song” excuse when questioned about her glamorization of drugz? Or maybe she’ll just be like, “did you even READ the title of the song? I can’t stop. I’m an addict, y’all. The song is darker than you thought,” and everyone will feel sad.
Ms. Cyrus wrapped this uplifting musical message in a super sexy cover photo, in which she wears nothing but a monokini and some gold body jewelry. It might be the best part of the single, if for no other reason than it gives bloggers the chance to do this:
You know you’ve gone over the top when your bleached blonde faux-hawk is the most tasteful part of your look. All jokes aside, though, I still think the faux-hawk looks great on her. You can get away with a lot when you have a good faux-hawk! Maybe not a monokini, though?
Other lyrical themes include big butts, stripper dance moves, and religion: “To my homegirls here with the big butts/ Shaking it like we at a strip club/ Remember only God can judge us.” Miley, you hopeless romantic. Listen to the whole thing if you dare:
Album cover art: RCA Entertainment; Borat Photo: Getty Images