It’s Cyrus' first single in three years, and in that time the former Hannah Montana has grown from a teen star and potential train-wreck into a self-aware 20-year-old celebrity and occasional musician whose early life as a Disney star seems a distant memory. She’s appeared on tracks by pop king will.i.am, stripper-pole dubstep producer
Hard evidence of her many preoccupations can be found in "We Can't Stop," a monosyllabic mess seemingly designed for use during sorority parties, strip club dances and bedroom tantrums. The singer released the song a few days ago, and Tuesday night teased the forthcoming video with the still seen above.
The lyrics to "We Can't Stop" can be found online, and they are about as poetic as an IRS audit letter. But those who want a condensed version of the ideas floating within Cyrus' new track can also examine the word cloud of the lyrics presented above (click on image to expand), in which the most frequently used words are presented in larger fonts.
Note the ubiquity of the terms "party," "want" and "stop," suggesting a tension between desire and restraint less apparent in Cyrus' sung version. Note too the little words, whose impact may be small on the page, but make a big dent when repeated in song: "Molly," "line," "bathroom," "sunlight" and "judge," among them.
Too much explication for such an unchallenging piece of work? Perhaps. But to use the thoughtful, incisive words of Cyrus in "We Can't Stop," there's an ironclad defense: "La da dee da dee. We like to party."
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