As much as you may know me from photographing your favorite Warped Tour bands I don't listen to a lot of current music anymore. As with a lot of people as they age I fell out of searching for the next big thing. That's not to say that I'm not a fan of music. I went to the second ever Warped Tour and used to frequent shows all the time when I was younger. I've made road trips to far away cities for obscure hip-hop acts, hardcore bands and huge acts like Metallica. I own a sizable collection of vinyl and every so often I'll go find some new music to enjoy on Pandora. (check out the El Michel's Affair, they do some pretty amazing Jazz instrumentals of Wu Tang Clan classics...)
Last night I drove down to Vienna VA from Philadelphia and got curious about the new Miley Cyrus album. She's quirky and eccentric in a way that is so unique, I couldn't help myself. As a 35 year old male, Miley shouldn't be something that is for me but this album IS. It's so different from anything being produced today. It's an obvious labor of love and I'm really happy I gave it a chance. From the opening track "Dooo it!" through to the final track "Twinkle Song" the album is a breathe of fresh air in an environment where pop has become more predictable and formulaic than ever. It's a shame that her label didn't want to put it out as part of her multi-record contract. Thankfully she didn't shelve the material and decided to release it on sound cloud for free. At over and an hour and a half in length this "album" could never be contained on a single CD or LP anyway, there's something to be said about her releasing it on her own terms. The partying of "Bangerz" has been replaced by mellow introspective music for the most part. Miley has really impressed me with this record. I really hope I get a chance to work with her some day.