by Miley Cyrus


Technically, Breakout is Miley Cyrus' second album, but her first was part of the two-disc set Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, which attempted to capitalize on Cyrus' huge popularity as The Disney Channel's pop star in disguise and establish her as a real pop star under her own name. Though she scored a tween-pop hit with "See You Again," the songs Cyrus recorded as herself on Meet Miley Cyrus weren't significantly different than her Hannah Montana fare. She takes another step toward having her own pop identity with Breakout, the first album credited to Miley Cyrus alone. Breakout is possibly the most generic title this set of songs could have, but it expresses the album's purpose nicely: Miley sheds the confines of her Hannah Montana image for an identity that is just as stylized and calculated as her alter ego. As with all Disney music, nothing has been left to chance. Breakout hits all the marks that a 2008 pop album should, right down to a dance remix and a song about saving the environment; cunningly, "Wake Up America" is one of the album's catchiest moments. These songs were written and produced by committee, designed to present the feisty, carefree Miley (the title track's schoolgirl rebellion) and the sensitive Miley ("The Driveway," "Goodbye") to the widest audience possible. Truth be told, these sides of Miley still aren't drastically different from Hannah Montana's music -- "Full Circle," with its bubbly melody and playful lyrics, plays like a slightly more sophisticated Hannah Montana single. Cyrus' sound is still a mix of Avril Lavigne-esque sass and Michelle Branch-like vulnerability, served with a bright sheen borrowed from new wave, which she nods to with an oddly rushed, strings-driven cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Cyrus' voice is deeper and rougher than when she's singing as Hannah, and there are a few more reflective moments here than there would be on her other project, but only a handful of songs truly break out from the Montana mold. "Bottom of the Ocean" is so polished and restrained that it could be a hit on triple-A radio, while "7 Things" is a twangy, clever piece of love-hate pop that feels descended from Shania Twain's flirty mix of rock and country. The controlling boyfriend putdown "Fly on the Wall" goes in a completely different direction, playing like a G-rated version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" with fuzzed-out guitars and keyboards that lead into girlishly snotty vocals. Even if these songs are derivative of much more established pop divas, they provide clues to the kind of company Cyrus aims to keep. And while Breakout isn't as much of a breakthrough as it could be, it still moves Miley closer to an identity and career outside of Hannah.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2008
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087123536
catalogNumber: 000212902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miley Cyrus   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Matthew Wilder   Keyboards
Tommy Barbarella   Keyboards
Michael Bland   Drums
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Josh Freese   Drums
James Harrah   Guitar
Jon Lind   Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano
William Owsley   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Sean Hurley   Bass
Gigi Worth   Background Vocals
Ken Chastain   Percussion
Anne Preven   Background Vocals
Stephen Lu   Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Zac Rae   Keyboards
David Levita   Guitar
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Ryan Star   Background Vocals
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Percussion,Keyboards,Track Performer
Katy Perry   Background Vocals
Will Owlsey   Mandolin,Vocals
Aaron Dudley   Guitar
Parker Jayne   Drums
Gina Shock   Background Vocals
Anne Revert   Background Vocals
Stephan Liu   Keyboards
Kathy Penny   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matthew Wilder   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Robert Hazard   Composer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Scott Cutler   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Fields   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Gavin MacKillop   Engineer
Gina Schock   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Nigel Lundemo   Engineer
Anne Preven   Composer,Producer
Stephen Lu   String Arrangements
Antonina Armato   Composer,Producer
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Tim James   Composer
Jason Morey   Executive Producer
Cheyenne Kimball   Composer
Miley Cyrus   Composer
Peter Anderson   Engineer
Heather Sturm   Engineer
Steve Hammons   Engineer,drum programming
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming
Aaron Dudley   Composer
Trey Vittetoe   Composer
Stephan Liu   Arranger

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Breakout 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My kids are big Miley fans. We bought this CD the day it was released. It has yet to come out of the CD player! I don't mind listening to her over and over again. I had a few songs before the CD was finalized &amp released. One never made it on the finished product. I actually like the ones that are raw- mainly an acoustic version. Many people complain about her raspy voice, but my daughter and niece are the same way. It must run in the family. I like Miley's speaking and singing voice. I can tell the difference between this CD and previous ones. She has come a long way and it will be interesting to watch her career. My son loves Fly on the Wall. My oldest daughter likes the fishy song, Bottom of the Ocean. (We had a good laugh when we learned she was actually inspired for the song by the death of her goldfish!) My youngest will always be a fan of See you Again, but that is only because her name is in the song. Yes, she is named Miley. Overall, it's a good CD. It is totally appropriate for the teens and tweens and even toddlers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miley has taken it to the next level. Her new album far surpasses her previous work, which was also excellent. Even our baby sisters like this one, especially Fly on the Wall. She makes a great statement with "Wake Up America", which leaves a message that will stick with us. I also liked her statement of faith in Jesus Christ on the Nickelodeon awards show. She is the real deal and does not deserve any of the criticism she has received by the media.
Ali_I_Am More than 1 year ago
I love this album. I think for her next one, Miley should go country. She would make such a great country singer! Okay, here is a little rank list of what i think of all the songs...

Breakout: 9/10- great tune/ lyrics/ message, and fun to dance and rock out to.
7 Things: 9/10- awesome! the only reason im giving it a 9 is cuz ive heard it on the radio so much ive grown kinda sick of it... lol. still a nice song.
The Driveway- 8/10- not the best but pretty good song.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Great remake of the original classic! miley is very good at singing it...
Full Circle- 8/10- its okay i guess
Fly On The Wall: 9/10- great beat! fun to work out to.
Bottom of the Ocean: 8/10- It's a bit slow, but Miley wrote it herself. the lyrics are pretty good though.
Wake Up America: 9/10- Great message!

sry that i only rated like half of the songs...
Z0EE More than 1 year ago
amazing, i love it. so much. miley is awesome.
BarbraAnneWalker More than 1 year ago
this CD truely helped me through alot! my 15 year old grandaughter really enjoyed it too! her favorite song was breakout! i think that a great song for ages 5-17 also some of the songs were really touching and alot of them were fun to dance too! me, my daugter and grand daughter had a blast dancing and singing girls just want to have fun by miley cyrus! also the bonus songs were terrific! my personal favorite was "someday" my daughter enjoyed both of the bonus songs but her personal favorite was "driveway" a really touching song. also "these four walls" was a VERY emotional song along with "bottom of the ocean" wich was probably the most brilliant song ever written in MY opinion. my grand daughter enjoyed "hovering" the most out of the bonus songs! also this CD/DVD came with some cool photos wich we didnt really find a use for but theyre great if you have kids that can actually talk! my grand daughters song is only 1 year old.
johnnie22 More than 1 year ago
i like miley cyrus
codysimpson_hotchellerae3 More than 1 year ago
I have to say, through Miley's thick and thin, I've been a fan. I have Can't Be Tamed, Meet Miley Cyrus,The Time Of Our Lives,3 Hannah Montana CDs, and I'm going to be getting her 4th album next year. From Breakout written by Katy Perry, originally supposed to be on her album 'One of those Boys' to the Rock Mafia remix of See You Again, it has different turning points, saying 'you left me goodbye' or 'im coming to get you' revenge, and heartbreaks are the subjects of this album. Miley's debut is original. I personally like the Rock Mafia remix of See You Again, better than the original version. Wake Up America, is basically saying to GO GREEN! :D :D this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Breakout", as most people know as her debut, has struck popularity over the years, its has sold millions of copies all over the world, Also, there have been many editions available of the CD. If I were to choose a favorite song, it would probably be the lead single, "7 Things". The song is very personal and its a great song to sing on a nice day. Also, the upbeat "Fly on the Wall" single is great too, But, I have to mention the cover (done by Miley) of the song "These Four Walls" which happens to be Cheyenne Kimball's song.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
thi album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
boring album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was genuinely surprised to find Miley had written all but four songs on the album, with one being a cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'. It seems like a breakthrough on Disney's front of controlling power. Many tracks on the album express Miley's heart break over a break up &quot possibly from Jonas Brother member Nick Jonas?&quot . Many song also start off one way but resolve the issue at the end, making a sad song that just can't seem to stay sad like in 'Goodbye', she starts off sad over a break up, but it is quickly resolves when her &amp quot love&amp quot calls her back and confesses he misses her too. All in all, it's a good CD with catchy tunes but I'm definitely anxious to see an even more mature CD from Miley in the future!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect miley's cd to be like this but i was happy with what i heard. i loved the songs 'wake up america','breakout' and '7 things' a lot. Miley's voice sounds slightly different than when she sings as hannah montana but that's a good thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
sorry to all yall miley-luvrs, but this album was a dissapointment. every song sounded the scary and emo and boring and weird. I liked the bubble-gum pop Miley, and i HATE this new scary-trying-to-be-20-yrs-old Miley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this new album, it definitely appeals to an older audience. It shoes a much older Miley, and it allows us to see her as HER and not some character behind make up and a wig. The whole cd, from beginning to end is great, and i haven't seen one of those in a while. I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miley isn't ACTUALLY as good as she sounds on the CD. In real life, she's terrible but, she sounds amazing in the recording studio. The songs were very annoying (espicially 7 things) except for Fly on the Wall which was pretty good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miley has proven once again that she cannot sing and is still not over Jonas Brother band member Nick Jonas. Here is a tip Miley don't record anymore songs and it will save others from head aches.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 22 and really don't care for Miley but I must say she stepted it up in the album It's a new sound for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
album was a big disappointment...the only good song in my opinion was see you again
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Hannah Montana first came out, I loved it so much. I was a HUGE Hannah fan. Then, after all those photo scandals of Miley, I started to get so annoyed and turned into a Miley hater. I still liked Hannah Montana songs but I hated Miley. When I heard of this album, I immediately thought how I was going to hate it since it was all Miley and no Hannah &quot even though they are the same person, but they have different songs with different feels&quot . When I first listened to samples, I thought it was stupid overproduced kiddy trash. The lyrics were cheesy sounding and talking about relationships and teen related material that was more mature than her Hannah songs. But as I listened more and more, it started to get stuck in my head and grow on me. I listened to it a couple of more times and started to actually like it. I still think there are better songs and that every song is very kid pop with cheesy lyrics, but the beats are good and fun to listen to. I still like Hannah better but even though a not the best, this album is much better than I expected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
there one reason im glad this album is out, to show the world what a horrible singer she is!!!!! the only song i like is just the song girls just want to have fun but soo not when she sings it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't like the things she's done in the past, but her CD alone is awesome! I love it. And even if you aren't a Miley fan, I recommend this CD cuz she's really stepped out of her normal songs! 20000 THUMBS UP!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was surprisingly good.When Hannah Montana came out I loved her than I didn't like her as much.But after this I like Miley way better than Montana.I really like 7 things.It's my favorite on the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this albulm. keep it up miley!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this record, Miley hit a home run! So far my favorite song is Breakout - it's my new theme song. Also great are Full Circle and Fly on the Wall. GO MILEY!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first when i heard this whole album i will admit i was slightly dissapointed that it was not the same bubble-gum upbeat pop that i was so use to from Cyrus, but after listening to the songs a little more, i now like it much better.Although a lot more mellow then the last album, this CD truly shows what is going on in the life of Cyrus. It also shows a more mature side of the teen pop star. Its a fantastic mix of pre-teen spunk and blooming maturity. The songs all have catchy beats and lyrics that a huge amount of people can relate to. My personal favorite is the song Goodbye.