Two minutes into her new song “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus exhales deeply as she sings of regret: “I never meant to start a war, I just wanted you to let me in/and instead of using force, I guess I should have let you win.” Strings swell as her voice recalls that of godmother Dolly Parton — a sudden turn from the bleariness and unaffected cool that Cyrus has shown as pop’s new weirdo, and all before its soaring chorus.
Produced by Dr. Luke, “Wrecking Ball” arrived right as Cyrus revealed the ’80s throwback — Cocktail meets Miami Vice, somehow — that is Bangerz‘ album artwork (above). With this new song, cover art and debut rap verse (as heard in Mike WiLL Made It‘s debut single “23″) in mind, Cyrus proves that she can still be unpredictable even after her “We Can’t Stop” video, featuring Peptol Bismol blood.
Hear “Wrecking Ball” after the jump.
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”