Listen: Miley Cyrus — ‘Wrecking Ball’


| August 25, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Miley Cyrus changes things up on her Bangerz second single, “Wrecking Ball.” Unlike “We Can’t Stop,” “Wrecking Ball” is more heartbreak anthem than party track.

“I came in like a wrecking ball/ I never hit so hard in love/ All I wanted was to break your wall,” she belts out. “All you ever did was break me/Yeah, you wreck me.” When she isn’t singing the big cathartic refrain, Cyrus’ voice seems influenced by Kate Bush’s octave-shifting singing style — going from meek and sheepish to opulent.

The lyrics also seem to take a page out of her own love life. The 20-year-old has been engaged to Liam Hemsworth since August of last year, but the two are seldom pictured together and reports of the couple hitting a rough patch have surfaced. “Don’t you ever say I just walked away/ I will always want you,” Cyrus continues on the track. “I can’t live a lie running for my life/ I will always want you.”

Bangerz, Cyrus’ fourth album, drops on Oct. 8.