It was inevitable that Miley Cyrus would eventually release a single to Country radio. While many people expected the 16 year-old pop star to cross-over after her career was over in the pop world, they certainly didn't expect her to cross-over with a song that's being marketed to both pop and country markets at the same time. And here's the dirty secret about "The Climb;" it's a good song.
With a lyric that could've been used by American Idol as a 'coronation' song, "The Climb" is a song that fits its young singer like a glove, even if the pop psychology might've felt better coming from an older, more road-weary singer. Written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, the single finds Cyrus singing about making sure to enjoy life as you live it because life's not about where you're going but the road to get there. In the current down economy, this song will remind many people to enjoy life, even with 'struggles they're facing' being almost too numerous to mention.
Melodically the song is firmly in the Faith Hill/Carrie Underwood side of the pop fence (instead of the Kelly Clarkson side) and that is enough for Miley to score her very first big Country music hit (she scored a Top 5 hit duet with her father on "Ready, Set Don't Go."
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