Firstly, I would like to make it very clear that I totally acknowledge that these are two very different artists who I am simply using as an example to support my point.
Moving on, you may be feeling confused as to why I have even put these two artists in one post, considering they are both extremely different in pretty much every way: origin, artistry, discography age, popularity, exposure, age...must I go on?
"But what's the point of all this?" you ask, well it's pretty simple...lyricism.
They both have impending single releases (UK of course because we are like 3 months behind the rest of the world); Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' has already become a global success and the video has already drummed up over 85 MILLION views on YouTube. Success for this song in the UK is pretty much certain. On the other hand we have Foxes, she is re releasing her debut single 'Youth' which was outrageously underrated when it was first released back in 2011.
Both of these tracks are addictive and infectious mid-tempo pop songs which are superbly produced. However, there is one crucial thing which sets them apart; THE LYRICS.
Just to give you an idea, here are a few lines from each song:
Now i'm just chasing time
with a thousand dreams I'm holding heavy
and as we cross the line these fading beats have all been severed
don't tell me our youth is running out
Its only just begun.
Miley Cyrus- We Can't Stop:
To my home girls here with the big butt
Shaking it like we at a strip club
Remember only God can judge ya
Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya
And everyone in line in the bathroom
Trying to get a line in the bathroom
We all so turned up here
Getting turned up, yeah, yeah
Must I say more? I mean really?
It is unsurprising that We Can't Stop was originally intended for everyone's favourite 'Bad Girl' Rihanna, especially as the lyrics scream "Look! Look how slutty I am". I personally find the song more funny than shocking (the latter being what Cyrus, the songwriters, producers and record label intended). The video itself is also pretty funny (especially if you are tickled by the sight of a former Disney star attempting to twerk and be a 'bad-ass').
Now back to Foxes' prominently more heartfelt and meaningful lyrics, they represent the other end of the scale of youth, the fear of growing old and leaving the fun times in the past. Despite the rather sad lyrical content, the production is fun and infectious just as Cyrus' is. The big difference is that the song will cause the listener to reflect and be moved whilst they enjoy the song as opposed to feeling pressured to party, drink irresponsibly and feel insecure about themselves. As a teenager, I know what I would rather my peers where listening to.
The funny this is, in a sense the two songs explore what it is to be young, We Can't Stop is the 'wild' party you went to at which you drank far too much and Youth is the haunting hangover you sustain afterwards.
Well that's my opinion, listen to both songs below and make up your own mind: Am I correct in everything I've said? Or do I just need to get a life?
Pre-Order Youth here.
Pre-Order We Can't Stop here.