How each song ranks on Noah Cyrus' album THE END OF EVERYTHING
By Mackenzie Beem
THE END OF EVERYTHING, released on May 15, is an amazing pop album. Cyrus is at the point where her emotions seem to take over the songs. This album is more eloquent and large than her last EP, Good Cry, but it’s still filled with her developed vocals and relatable lyrics.
I’ve listened to Noah Cyrus before, starting by hearing her radio-hits like Make Me (Cry) with Labrinth, then moving on to her 2018 EP Good Cry. Her power-filled, soulful voice and engaging lyricism are what drew me to her music. When I found out Cyrus was releasing THE END OF EVERYTHING, I was both excited for new music and curious to see what her matured sound would be. I’ve rated each song from the album in ascending order based on how likely I am to listen to it, considering the music, lyricism, vocals, and overall vibe of the song.
#8- Wonder Years (feat. Ant Clemons)
This song is unique, but not in a good way. Wonder Years has layered vocals that make the lyrics almost impossible to decipher for the first minute of the song. The 1950’s sounding chorus is good, but it’s the only part of the song that is understandable. Nothing in this song seems to go together, it’s choppy and trippy like a scary funhouse. Even creepier, in the background there is random, unsettling whistling, which adds absolutely nothing to the song. I think Wonder Years is an acquired taste that I won’t be listening to enough to gain.
#7- I Got So High That I Saw Jesus
I Got So High That I Saw Jesus is yet another song that leans towards country. It has a singer-songwriter sound with the simple guitar chords that follow the chorus. The verses discuss everything that is bad in Cyrus’s life and the chorus says that if she has something to hold onto it will all be ok. Overall, this song is a little too repetitive and has too many typical country music references- like religion and alcohol- for me.
#6- The End of Everything
Cyrus emphasizes the reality of mortality in a soothing manner in The End of Everything. It’s acoustic country sound makes the song seem like a late-night campfire song. I was expecting more out of this song because it’s the title track. With big ballads like Lonely and Ghost, The End of Everything just seems inadequate, too casual, and not an accurate reflection of Cyrus’s abilities on the album.
July was the first, and only, single from THE END OF EVERYTHING. It was released almost a year before the album, and I listened to it on repeat for months. More recently, it became popular on TikTok. This soft, reflective piece about holding on to a toxic relationship is catchy and soothing- until you hear it 20 times a day for a week. If I would’ve made this list a year ago July would have been higher on the ranking, but it being so popular on Tiktok lowered my tolerance for it.
The beginning of Liar consists of strong piano chords, allowing Cyrus’s entrancing 1920s sounding vocals to shine through. This sad reflective piece is her taking accountability through lyricism. The main idea of this song is admitting to a mistake and never being looked at the same. The regret shown through Cyrus’s vocals in the pre-chorus is addicting, and adds to Liar’s overall catchiness and appeal.
If you’re looking for a despair filled song to scream at the top of your lungs, Lonely is for you. Cyrus starts off by listing in her verses everything in her life that has gone wrong. The chorus moves into a raw plea for help. The gospel-like background vocals only emphasize the pure desperation of Lonely. Simply put, Lonely is a carefully articulated ballad about not being enough, not being happy, and being alone. It will send a frown to your face and shivers down your spine- in the absolute best way.
Ghost is a ginormous piano ballad about depersonalization. The chorus touches on looking into the mirror and not knowing who is staring back, or in this case seeing a “ghost”. The chorus is echoey, sounding like Cyrus is in an empty room, which elaborates the dissociation that Ghost is about.
#1- Young and sad
In Young & Sad Cyrus talks about her desperation for happiness. Her lyrics discuss living in her sister’s shadow and being sad despite having a privileged life. Her vulnerability is proven through her lyricism and emphasized by the audio of her dad speaking that is played before the music begins. The verses flow smoothly with relatable lyrics and the chorus is just catchy enough without going full radio-pop, making this my favorite song from THE END OF EVERYTHING.
Simply put, THE END OF EVERYTHING is an amazing pop album. Cyrus is at the point where her emotions seem to take over the songs. This album is more eloquent and large than her last EP, Good Cry, but it’s still filled with her developed vocals and relatable lyrics. The unrestrained passion and vulnerability are what make these songs masterpieces, although I will still be skipping the ones that could be played on a country music station.