Hannah Montana: The Movie (Soundtrack) She's presented at the Oscars, been nominated for a Golden Globe, and warbled in front of an audience of millions at the Grammys. What else… Hannah Montana: The Movie (Soundtrack) She's presented at the Oscars, been nominated for a Golden Globe, and warbled in front of an audience of millions at the Grammys. What else… 2009-03-24 Miley Cyrus Pop
Music Review

Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

COUNTRY TIME: Miley Cyrus goes Nashville on her new soundtrack
COUNTRY TIME: Miley Cyrus goes Nashville on her new soundtrack
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 24, 2009; Lead Performance: Miley Cyrus; Genre: Pop

She's presented at the Oscars, been nominated for a Golden Globe, and warbled in front of an audience of millions at the Grammys. What else could reigning pop baby-diva Miley Cyrus possibly want? Apparently, her own CMA award.

On the soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie, the distance between tween and twang isn't actually all that far; think of this 18-track collection of mostly new, original songs — divided between Cyrus and her bewigged onscreen alter ego, Hannah Montana, with contributions from Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts — as a sort of country-lite starter kit for her legion of young Disney-fed fans. On tunes like the first single, ''The Climb,'' the 16-year-old Tennessee native turns up her homegrown inflections, but a few elongated r's won't exactly shut out her huge pop audience.

Even so, Hannah makes sure to take care of that demographic elsewhere, with slick guitar-heavy confections like ''Let's Get Crazy,'' ''Spotlight,'' and ''The Good Life.'' And while Cyrus' deep-fried ''Hoedown Throwdown'' is a sort of goofy Hee Haw burlesque, her delicate duet with dad Billy Ray, ''Butterfly Fly Away,'' is quietly lovely. The Flatts, meanwhile, deliver smooth acoustic versions of their high-speed do-si-do ''Backwards'' and the ruminative ''Bless the Broken Road,'' and Swift provides a pretty, yearning ballad, ''Crazier.'' But in the end, HMTM is the Miley show — whether it broadcasts from Nashville or Hollywood. B

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Originally posted Mar 18, 2009 Published in issue #1040 Mar 27, 2009 Order article reprints
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