Release Date: 08/25/23
Label: Smiley Miley, Inc. / Columbia Records
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You tell me time has done changed me, that’s fine, I’ve had a good run
Disney Starlet turned mega-superstar Miley Cyrus is fresh off the release of her eighth studio album ‘Endless Summer Vacation’ and is releasing her new single ‘Used To Be Young’ which brings up a lot of feelings within me, because I too, used to be young.
Miley Cyrus / Hannah Montana is probably the end of my Disney Channel watching days, in fact, I never watched Hannah Montana Forever (the fourth season) and for me, I kind of fell off the Miley train after ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ (the album) — loved the singles from Bangerz — hated Dead Petz — Hated Younger Now — Loved Plastic Hearts.
As you can see I am not a ‘Miley Stan’ per se, in fact, statistically I dislike more of her music than I like, but, I’ve always had a soft spot for her as she is a talented singer and one heck of an artist/performer/person!
Miley originally teased “Used To Be Young” in an interview with British Vogue back in May, and her sister Brandi Cyrus even discussed the song as being one of her favorites was a reject from “Endless Summer Vacation” which was “Used To Be Young”.
In discussing the track with Billboard Miley stated:
These lyrics were written almost 2 years ago at the beginning of my [Endless Summer Vacation]. It was at a time I felt misunderstood. I have [painted] a sonic picture of my perspective to share with you. The time has arrived to release a song that I could perfect forever. Although my work is done, this song will continue to write itself every day. The fact it remains unfinished is a part of its beauty. That is my life at this moment … unfinished yet complete.
Over the past week or two Miley has been promoting the single which was released this past Friday, and it is everything we want out of a Miley Cyrus song.
Following in the shadow of “Flowers” (which continued us on the ‘We love Miley‘ train) ‘Used To Be Young’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Wrecking Ball’ in terms of vulnerability, and this isn’t where the connection ends as the music video was filmed in the same studio as the former.
The song describes a response with someone, in the same way her previous single “Slide Away” does.
Over all, Miley’s “Used To Be Young” is exactly what I needed from Miley at this point, having just turned 34, I have a lot of feelings of nostalgia, In my youth I did things just to be seen, and we can all agree that Miley did as well, and it’s lovely that we can all look back and reminisce!