It's a shame that Miley's recent personal and career mistakes have overshadowed the release of Breakout in Britain, because with racism and nudity aside, she successfully manages to break through from Disney star to credible artist on this catchy record. Granted she is still suffering from a Hannah Montana hangover, clearly demonstrated on some of the cheesier tracks, but she knows what her young and loyal and fan base want so this is nothing to be criticised for, and it makes the album much more fun and easy on the ears.
Obvious highlights are 7 Things with its slight rock edge and great chorus, and the catchy Hannah Montana classic See You Again, tagged on as a bonus track for the UK release. The Driveway and Full Circle are my favourite tracks though; great upbeat tracks with powerful choruses and great singing on behalf of Miss Cyrus. Bottom of the Ocean is understated and beautiful, whilst Fly on the Wall is very modern and current, bringing the listener back into the crazy world of Hannah Montana and being a teenager again.
My only real criticism of this album would be the general theme of heartbreak, which feels slightly disingenuous considering her tender age of fifteen during recording. Yet this is avoided on most of the tracks, such as The Driveway, which reflects the kind of relationship problems experienced by young people, such as being dropped back home by their boyfriend after the uncomfortable break up. My other main criticism would be the awful attempt of covering Girls Just Wanna Have Fun which doesn't gel with the other tracks. To her credit Miley does make the track her own, adding a modern twist and her own stamp, whilst encompassing the general message of the album - so put on this CD, grab your hairbrush and start dancing!