Single Review: Miley Cyrus – ‘Who Owns My Heart?’

Well, if you’re going to be a pedant… you own your own heart, Miley.

Risks are nothing new. They’ve been forcing people to put all their stakes on one radical decision with an unclear outcome for centuries. Sometimes you get good results, but other times, Lady Luck looks the other way and something bad could happen, regardless of how valiant your efforts are, like getting poo in your eye – that would be unfortunate. Not sure about the risk you’d be taking which would land you with possible eye-poo marriage, but… oh dear… this review has deteriorated somewhat, yes? Right, back on subject.

Miley Cyrus took a risk with her new album. A risk that, had she not taken, fans and casual listeners alike would’ve brushed her aside yet again as a simple ten-year old girl’s idol under the name of Hannah Montana. But instead, Miley took that risk, made the jump, etc., etc., and fell flat on her face. Not that she wanted to, and not that she had to either, because her two single offerings from ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ so far illustrate that it is a very solid attempt at becoming more ‘grown-up’ singer. Unfortunately, their were quite a few similarities between the new image and lead single ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ and a certain blonde bombshell currently drawing the blue-print for musical world domination, and the public made this connection and cast Miley off as a nothing more than a nasally-voiced copy-cat.

‘Who Owns My Heart?’ is the second single release from Miley third album, ‘Can’t Be Tamed’, which alone says she’s trying her hand at being grown-up, ditching the guitars and the soft country rock for heavily dance-influenced electropop with complimentary synths and auto-tune. ‘Who Owns My Heart?’ follows that trend, with scoops of sexy lyricism and a much darker, “filthy pop” sound. There’s also many points during the song where Miley mentions that “art” may be the mysterious owner of her heart. This means GaGa’s “little monsters” will most likely make the link between this song a GaGa “legacy of music and art” because she “said it first”.

And yes, I am quoting the “monsters” themselves.

Ignoring comparisons to GaGa, ‘Who Owns My Heart?’ is a bona-fide dance floor anthem that’ll probably sell very well in continental Europe rather than the UK. It’s got references to masterpieces, the dance floor, you, Miley, a heart… the usual jazz.

Here a video what features Miley and the gang. It’s like a rave at the Adams’ Family home:


The song serves it’s purpose. It’s pop. It’s a bit meh. But it’s not that easily forgettable, although it isn’t going to be the hit of the year, that’s for sure (for many reasons). Miley took the risk, and it didn’t work out for her, so now she needs a re-think if she’s going to convince us that she’s really grown up and begun to do her own thing.

Rating: 3.0 STARS

Download: December 13, 2010 (OUT NOW)

Featured Album: ‘Can’t Be Tamed’

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