Cut Through the Noise: Miley Cyrus, Cardi B, Katy Perry (Week of June 7)


Illustration by Isaac Wert

Creston Halstead, Design Editor

Welcome to “Cut Through the Noise,” an entertainment column from the St. Louis Park Echo covering new music releases. Every week, a different Echo staffer takes on the role as writer, reviewing recent single releases from a variety of artists.


Miley Cyrus- Mother’s Daughter  ★★★☆☆

“Mother’s Daughter” shows a new, hard-core side to Miley Cyrus. The beat is solid and leans toward a more modern hip-hop/trap sound. Cyrus’s beat, lyrics and attitude of this new EP make her come off as a strong woman. A little more experience in this genre could lead to some interesting, amazing songs. “Mother’s Daughter” is well-made, but not necessarily her bread-and-butter. It strays away from the beachy summer sound I loved in previous songs, like “Malibu.”


Cardi B- Press ★★☆☆☆

Cardi B’s latest single “Press” falls short when compared to her other records. Even though the song has a good beat that has the potential to go hard, Cardi does not deliver. Her lyrics lack originality, mostly speaking on how she is a baddie who can out do anyone. The only saving grace in “Press” is when the beat drops and comes back in with lots of bass. This at least makes the song playable at dances so kids can turn up.


Katy Perry- Never Really Over ★★★★☆

“Never Really Over” combines a good, upbeat rhythm with a positive and accepting message, making it a perfect summer song. The song’s instrumental is well-made and full of energy. This really embodies the style of Zedd, who produced the song along with Dreamlab. Perry adds to the fun, energetic beat with a more positive message of an on-and-off relationship, giving the sense of acceptance and good health. Perry’s vocals are excellent, providing impressive strong, soulful vocals while still keeping the delicacy and importance of the topic when necessary.