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THE COMING


PAGE PAGE 01 ENJOY YOUR READ

MEET THE TEAM

So what are we about? Our goal is to provide a place for you to express yourself creatively. Our presence will be spanned across 4 platforms: this magazine, a website, Instagram and Spotify. Starting the project was a process full of challenges we managed to overcome thanks to collaboration and hardwork. Pieces are slowly coming together. This will give us the flexibility to work with people! I would like to thank Prague College for their support and especially Ry for his availability!

MELVIN,

Why did we theme this issue “(Dis)connect”? We wanted to reflect on the difficulties we have to connect with others and ourselves. We agreed that the current situation accentuated this issue but also brought forth opportunities to filter out the negative influences we suffered from. – MELVIN Discovering the crazy directions everyone’s lives took to get them here, to Prague College, was relieving and humanising. It’s not often that we discuss how and why we are where we are, and having similar factors such as location and finances, helped to make the situation feel more like a community. Agora is a gateway to newpeople, new experiences and encourages self-motivation that is sooften lacking in this era of the ‘new normal’. Though, I guess some of the interviews are going to have to go online... See you at the next Zoom meet. – THE AGORA TEAM

Founder • Graphic Designer • Podcast Host

ISABEL, 3D Artist • Writer • Podcast Host

MARAWAN, Motion Designer • Podcast Host

MIRNA, Editor • Writer • Photographer

SILVI, Graphic Designer • Podcast Host

STANISLAVA, Writer • Graphic Designer

TAMTA, Writer • Visual Artist

VALI, Website Developer

ZANIA, Community Manager

MONICA, Writer

NATALIA, Visual Artist

ZHENIA, Visual Artist


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THE COMING PAGE 01 ABOUT STUDENT COUNCIL PAGE 09 DISSECTING PRAGUE COLLEGE PAGE 15

PERKS OF DOING NOTHING PAGE 21 INTERVIEWS PAGES 23, 27, 31

QUICK READS

CONTENT

INTERNAL DISCOURSE PAGE 17

PLASTIC HEARTS, A REVIEW PAGE 39 NEXT THEME? PAGE 45


PAGE PAGE 05 PALEEKAREE PAGE 03 PERSONAL SPACE PAGE 07 DISCONNECTION PAGE 11 CONNECTION PAGE 13 DISSOCIATION PAGES 19

TAKE A LOOK

SEPARATION PAGE 25 INTERNAL DUALITY PAGE 29 DET[OU]CHED PAGE 33 RADIATIVE EQUILIBRIUM PAGE 37 ATTACHEMENT ISSUES PAGE 43


PERSONAL SPACE


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A WORD FROM THE STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT Hello, reader-dearest. It is, of course, I - Art. As I’m sure you know by now, I am the president of the student council. Thank you, thank you, no need for the applause. It’s been a hectic year, I think we can all agree, and I am happy to see all you here all at the end of it. The council as a whole has done quite a bit in these strange times, from parties to communications to small quality of life enhancements for our fellow students. It has certainly been a challenge, and yet we rose to meet it like we always do. Like we will continue to do. With that in mind - a toast. Here’s to the successes of this turbulent year - and to the upcoming victories of the next. Do you feel like you’d like to be a part of the Student council? We always appreciate more members! Feel free to contact us!


PAGE 09 ABOUT THE COUNCIL

RETROSPECTIVE ON WHAT WE’VE DONE ALREADY

UPCOMING FUNCTIONS

The student council is a group of students that works to represent the interests of the students. We take the suggestions, complaints, and issues brought up by students and work with the administration toward change. Whether it’s events, things you’d like to share, or something you think needs to change. We’re here to hear you out.

So far in this past semester we have hosted several student-led events and created/revived some platforms for the Student Council to share announcements without it being just through your school emails. We kicked things off with the Welcome party with live music, games, and hanging out in the voice chat room.

We plan to offer a weekly raffle to students. Prizes will be available for anybody, anywhere. The only restriction is, you have to be a student.

October was then coming to a close and that’s when the Halloween Party took place. There were Horror Movies, a DJ set, and a costume party!

Students will be able to use paypal, cash or cards to pay for a ticket.

STUDENT COUNCIL CORE MEMBERS ART P. Student council president ARULAN R. Student council treasurer ANNA H. Student council communications officer SAMIYA Z. School of Art and Design Representative VALI L. School of Media and IT Representative

Some of our members also participated in taking pictures for the Prague College merchandise line which is now up on the school’s social media. The newest project we’ve managed to get off the ground is the Prague College Student Discord server, which we hope can be a place for people to chat, share things that caught their eye, hang out in voice channels, or just complain about their day. If you want to join the Discord you can find the link in your Prague College email inbox!

CONTACTS Email: student.council@praguecollege.cz Facebook: www.facebook.com/praguecollegestudentcouncil/ Instagram: @praguecollegestudentcouncil Discord: Link sent out via Prague College email

The money raised from these raffles will be allocated to weekly parties and charity initiatives.

Post COVID we would like to have a monthly student meet for new students and existing students to get to know each other. There would be a small entry fee in order for us to be able to continue hosting these events. The Student Council also has its very own Moodle page now! Currently we are still working on adding some content, but once it’s up and running we will be posting announcements regarding events, as well as some student spotlights! Feel free to reach out if you have any initiatives or suggestions that you would like to put before the student council as we’re always receptive to feedback.


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DISSECTING PRAGUE COLLEGE In the following anonymous interviews, members of the Prague College community frankly give their opinions about the University. No, this is not a negative space for brutally bashing bureaucratic institutions, but rather a focus on what we have each gathered from entering a consensual, platonic relationship with higher education: Our first impressions vs expectations, building foundations both professionally and personally, and finally, in an ideal world, what would the Prague College of the future look like? We have coerced a motley crew of students and lecturers, both past and present, to give us their thoughts on the aforementioned topics, in order to get a wider understanding of the Prague College experience.

WRITTEN, RECORDED & EDITED BY MONICA


@MONICA_MILLS

AN AUDIO SERIES ON SPOTIFY

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INTERNAL

There’s something about being forced by a crisis to stay inside that encourages a deep reflection of one’s well-being. The boundaries of your dwelling begin to collect more dust from your presence. New routines are formed while the passage of time confounds your temporal agency. Meanwhile, the contents of your mind assume many forms as they bounce around your consciousness, pondering the unknown. This experience during the pandemic has both its objective and subjective qualities. How the world is coping demonstrates the important role technology plays in our lives. The strength of our interconnectedness being challenged by this abrupt change remains to be tested. On the other hand, our personal struggles of continuing school online or switching to remote working are accompanied by the stress induced to our mental health. We distract ourselves with entertainment on social media or workshops that have emerged all over the internet, yet it’s easy to return to a headspace where the uncertainty of our future reigns supreme. In my own experience, the time during lockdown was both anxiety-inducing and transformative. While I had a companion to speak to, there was plenty of time for silence. In those quiet moments, I had my own thoughts to listen to. It was inescapable, this voice within, a mirror of myself which echoes unadulterated thoughts. The sound of space has been amplified from months of familiarity with every inch of my apartment. But it rang louder.


@ISAIBASCO

But how do we confront ourselves in these trying times? Most of us at school are from different countries. This unfortunate situation has made what we hoped to be an exciting time in our life — in a beautiful city — rather underwhelming. So we look to our institution to provide answers or remedy. Apart from academic workshops, Prague College also offers activities deemed helpful to our mental health. Masa’s Zoom Room, a student-only space offered “creative and practical activities devised to relax, explore and support students”. Nelli Pontes of student services is also a qualified yoga instructor and invited those who would like to join virtual yoga classes requiring only “ a yoga mat, comfortable clothes, an open mind and a bit of curiosity”, while a meditation/mindfulness session was conducted by Filip Rosenkranc to “develop the ability to relate to our thoughts and feelings in a mindful and non-judgmental way”. With all of these resources available, is there more to our current state of mind that needs to be addressed? Perhaps there is also a benefit to disconnecting every now and then, to simply be alone. Meditate, do breathing exercises on your own, or just listen to what goes on inside. I listened. I allowed the conversation to become more intimate, the kind of intimacy that was strange yet inviting. There was comfort from the discourse and a sense of strength in confronting my shadow. The simple act of being kind to myself revealed a brand new outlook on connections I make outside of my own skin, reinforcing what’s inside to build stronger bonds to external relationships. There’s never been a better time in our lives to dive deep into our consciousness and explore what’s underneath. Listen and empathize.

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DISCOURSE

The things I once postponed during times of confrontation have nowhere to hide anymore. Each of them brought to the surface, demanding attention, some form of resolution.

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PERKS OF DOING NOTHING

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Fight the inner voice that tells you to be pro-ductive, to check emails, scroll IG, re-watch GOT, work on your essay, call a friend, or something, and do nothing instead, at least sometimes. Today is supposed to be the easiest time to be alive. The quarantine life, due to the Covid-19, confirmed that. We can live our full lives in one room - sleep, work, exercise, hang out with friends, or even go to parties, start a business, cook, watch movies, do some shopping - you name it! However, have our lives become less busy than our ancestors’? No. In reality, we spend more time preoccupied. We go from one task to another, usually dealing with several at once, and when we finally get some room to breathe, we have social media to keep us entertained. WHY DO WE DREAD DOING NOTHING? Nothingdoingness is lumped together with boredom and unproductiveness, which are associated with negative emotions, and sometimes even loneliness and sadness. The reason is that when we are bored or not preoccupied, we are left or even stuck with our thoughts. We have to deal with what’s going on in our minds. It might be a repressed memory, a sad sense of disconnectedness because you can’t leave your room, or even a positive feeling. It’s easy to escape your thoughts - all you have to do is do something. Nevertheless, running away won’t do anyone any good, so sometimes we should try doing nothing instead.


WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY TAMTA IT BETTERS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH When we do nothing, our brain wanders around and lets us learn about ourselves better. It shows us our thought patterns - how we go from one thought to another and end up thinking about a completely different thing in a matter of seconds. Our thoughts we are normally running away from (which we talked about earlier) don’t seem that scary anymore. There’s more to it. Have you ever gone to bed very tired, ready to fall asleep immediately, but you couldn’t because you started thinking about that day in middle school when you

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ative. However, we can’t be creating while consuming, can we? According to Sandi Mann, a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, boredom is an essential part of the creative process and should be applied to our day-to-day lives. Here’s how it works. We established that we acquire a lot of information during the day, even when we don’t want to. What happens when we do nothing and are a bit bored is that valuable pieces of information float up in our minds. We mix and match different ideas and come up with new ones. Art/Writer’s block happens to us when we are rapidly seeking ideas. Sometimes, the best solution is to relax and let the ideas come to you. IT MAKES YOU LESS BORED AND MORE PRODUCTIVE IN THE LONG RUN

embarrassed yourself? It happens when we spend the entire day preoccupied, and at the end of the day, our minds want to get some attention. Such a thing might not have happened if we gave it some attention during the day. IT GETS YOU CREATIVE By just living, we consume an abundance of information every single day: through human interactions, observations, social media, books, videos, podcasts, lessons, research, work, and so on, which is an invaluable first step to finding inspiration and getting cre-

Being busy and wanting to be entertained can be addictive. The less time we spend being bored, the less we want to be bored. If listening to a podcast kept you occupied and happy, eventually, you will be listening to podcasts while drawing, texting, snacking, and whatever else you can squeeze in. Moreover, the multitasking aspect of it will give you an illusion that you are being productive. However, in reality, your attention will get divided among more and more tasks, and in the end, you won’t REALLY be doing anything - just wasting your time. When you do spend some time doing nothing, even the tiniest activities bring you joy. Trust me. Just try it. Let’s do nothing!


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INTERVIEWING HULDA FIRST YEAR STUDENT AT PRAGUE COLLEGE FROM FINLAND


PAGE 23 WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY ABROAD? Well, I’ve lived abroad in Denmark before, so after that experience I knew I wanted to leave abroad again for university and find an international community to study in. I also wanted to study in English, but my main goal was to explore a new environment.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR FIRST COLLEGE EXPERIENCE BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC? Since this is my freshman year and I haven’t attended a university before, in a way, I didn’t really know what to expect. I believe it’s harder for people who have already experienced the “normal” college life, but for me, I really didn’t have anything to compare it to. I guess something worth mentioning, that left a big impression, is the distance between people I never really felt the weight of until now.

HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC AFFECTED THE COMMUNICATION AND DYNAMIC BETWEEN STUDENTS IN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM? It’s definitely harder to meet new people or even initiate communication with others because of how we’re all so separated. It’s much easier when you talk to people in person. The classroom has become very static and the interaction is scarce, but that was most obvious in the beginning. Over time, things have become better. What I think really helped are the group projects which created a more relaxed environment for us to talk in and offered a bit more insight into other people’s personalities.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO STAY PRODUCTIVE AND MOTIVATED IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS? For me personally, exercise has always been the most important. If I don’t go on my routine morning run, nothing will get done. Also, I’ve found trying out new things to have a positive effect on my motivation because of how it keeps me productive. Something I consider very important as well, is interaction with people, so I try to find as many ways as I can to spend time with my friends.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME WITH YOUR OPTIONS LIMITED BY THE RESTRICTIONS? I joined the Yoga Society at our college and I also found I enjoy cooking very much. The free time on my hands has allowed me to greatly improve my skills. I suppose I’ve gotten to know Prague a lot more than I would’ve if all the pubs and restaurants were still open because most of my time is spent outside walking around and sightseeing. I am also focused on keeping in touch with family and friends back home, which I think the restrictions have made easier since I don’t have too many distractions.


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INTERVIEWING JEREMY FIRST YEAR STUDENT AT PRAGUE COLLEGE FROM INDIA


PAGE 27 WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STUDY IN PRAGUE? I chose to study in Prague because it’s a very diverse environment. As an Indian student, where there isn’t much focus on international work, I felt it was better to study in a multicultural environment as well since it offers me a better understanding of other places. I wanted to go somewhere more open.

HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE LAST SEMESTER TO THE ONE NOW? I started with the second semester, so I actually consider this semester to be easier. Most of the subjects are mainly introductory. Since the classroom moved into the digital world, I’m able to manage my time in my own way which I prefer. I don’t have as many distractions too. One major downside would be not being able to meet as many new people. When I started, there weren’t any restrictions, so I met a lot of students from different programs within the College and different schools altogether.

HOW HAS THE LOCKDOWN AFFECTED THE RELATIONSHIPS YOU HAD WITH PEOPLE YOU MET LAST SEMESTER? Some of my closest friends came here through Erasmus, so when the country introduced the lockdown, all of them got sent home. It was really sad. I’m glad though most of my friends from Prague College were able to stay but I don’t meet them as much now. My best friend who lives in the same dorm as me also stayed which is a great thing because we have a lot of free time on our hands to spend together.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE UP-SIDE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING? I am able to concentrate more on my hobbies. I’ve been able to improve my audio editing skills and I also spend more time playing guitar. I wanted to record some songs professionally, so this lockdown has actually been beneficial for my focus. I can use the free time I have to try and learn new things which might help me achieve what I want as well.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED HAVING EXPERIENCED YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR IN TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS? When I came here to study, I began with the second semester so everything was out of the blue. In fact, Prague College was very helpful with getting me introduced to a whole new setting. When the first semester came, I was already done with getting used to everything so I’m a lot more relaxed now. The biggest shock, of course, is the class being held online. At Prague College the classes are very small which offers a more personal approach for the students. Now however, the whole dynamic has changed and it’s made things harder. We’ve all had to adapt in a way and it’s just become a process of figuring out your own attitude towards the situation.


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INTERVIEWING VERONIKA MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC


PAGE 31 WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH ADAPTING YOUR CLASSROOM TO A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT? I would say that it forces us to completely change the approach to teaching in general. Some aspects remain the same. For instance, the more you let the students actively participate and do research on their own, it helps them learn. Apart from that, everything had to be changed. I cannot deliver the same content, I can’t deliver it through the same means and the students can’t practice in the same way as before. What I like about the virtual environment is the shift of responsibilities where students are now more responsible for their time management and obligations. Their preparation has become more obvious and it was needed. I would also like to add that once the pandemic is over, I think things will never be the same. A lot of the aspects the virtual learning has brought us will stay with us.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT WORKING FROM HOME AND HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO DAYS SPENT IN THE OFFICE? I can definitely organize my breaks better. In between classes, I am able to do a lot more from home than from the office. Since I live outside of Prague, I am able to save time on commuting as well. Overall, I’d still say it doesn’t leave me more time to myself. Working from home sort of spreads the work as there are no clear boundaries. Also, my tasks take up a lot more time now which increases the workload.

HOW HAVE YOU TRIED TO PRESERVE COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS THROUGH THE DIGITAL WORLD? This is very hard. When it comes to communication, I’m a firm believer in nonverbalsigns. Sometimes, you can even sense some things. These are all very hard to read now. I think we need to open possibilities like chat rooms or break rooms because I noticed that during our in-person classes students communicated more during the breaks. I tend to say that the smokers among our students were the best at chattingas they always wanted to get the most out of each break. As a teacher, for my part, I try to hand out group tasks so they can come up with solutions and do tasks together without me.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE IN TEACHING STUDENTS? I would like to say that the students which have trouble with a certain subject have an even harder time now. Those students had more means in a classroom. They could ask another student, check their answers or compare their work with somebody. If they don’t put in the extra time and energy into studying now, it’s more visible.

CAN YOU FIND SOMETHING POSITIVE IN THE DIGITAL SETTING THE TEACHERS HAVE HAD TO TEACH AND THE STUDENTS LEARN IN? The number one would definitely be the shift of responsibility I mentioned already. Students are given more authority to study by themselves and I sense that most of the students have made the best of this opportunity. The second thing is that this whole situation has shaken the way we teach. We’ve been teaching in almost the same way for 100 years and I think we needed it to open our minds to other possibilities. It has also “flipped” our classroom so that students learn the basics by themselves which are then further explained in the classroom. Guidance and mentoring on covered topics after the students have introduced themselves superficially has proved beneficial and I would like to continue with that approach regardless of if the virtual classroom stops.


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PLASTIC HEARTS, MILEY CYRUS A REVIEW


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Miley Cyrus has been around for more than a decade: let it be for her unforgettable role as Hannah Montana or actually making music herself, going from genre to genre, exploring her abilities and powers. Cyrus started out her solo career as a musician in 2008 when she released her debut album “Breakout” which was a pop-rock body of work and genre wise might have been the closest to her new album. Throughout the following decade, Miley has explored many, many genres: from the 2010 dance-pop album “Can’t Be Tamed” and the R&B influenced “Bangerz” to going back to her roots in Tennessee and recording a complete country record “Younger Now” in 2017. However, with her new album “Plastic Hearts”, released on November 27th, she brought something very different to the table: possibly one of her best works up to date.


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From the very beginning of the album with “WTF Do I Know” and “Plastic Hearts”, we can already hear a distinctive rock vibe settling in thanks to Cyrus’ impressive raspy vocals and guitars. She is pointing out at freeing herself not only from relationship issues, but also from the hate of the media. However, after the slightly harsh kick-off comes a pleasant surprise in the form of a rock-country ballad which transitions into slow tempo guitars and shows off Miley’s velvety voice.“Angels Like You” addresses the issue of not being good enough for your lover and putting the blame on yourself. There’s no second thought about this track being one of the most emotional on the whole album, giving us a sad, but also a calming feeling. With the slight country-vibe fading away, we are welcomed with the second single from the record - a mid-tempo “Prisoner” featuring the recent Grammy winner Dua Lipa. Interpolating Olivia Newton-John’s 1981 track “Physical”, the song creates a nice chemistry between both Lipa’s and Cyrus’ voices as it builds up into a likable chorus. The song might have the meaning of feeling like a “prisoner” in a relationship, when one lover controls the other, however in an interview for Apple Music, Cyrus addressed the song to Zane Lowe more as feeling trapped in your emotions during the coronavirus outbreak and having to deal with it on your own. The next up tracks 5 and 6 “Gimme What I Want” and “Night Crawling” featuring Billy Idol give us the rocky harshness and are musically very similar - relatively calm rock verses build up into an almost heavy-metal chorus where we can clearly spot the influence of Billy Idol himself, whose hit “Rebel Yell” Miley has already covered back in 2012. “Night Crawling” is the first song on the album that refers to the period of time when Miley cut her hair short in 2012, telling us that everybody has a dark side of themselves that once discovered becomes addictive to the point when you can’t get enough of it. We got to hear “Midnight Sky”, the first single off the album, even before the album was confirmed to be rock-influenced. Cyrus took off with alternative-rock x disco hit, representing freedom and a connection to her soul. The song is also a mantra claiming that it’s okay when things don’t work out even when they were meant to be forever. In the next charismatic ballad “High”, Cyrus feels high (= in disbelief) of failing to move on. Vocally one of the most beautiful tracks, it was com-

posed as a mixture of all three genres - pop, rock and country - by Mark Ronson who previously worked with Miley on their 2018 hit “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”. Followed by a funky-sound “Hate Me” that points at the hate in media, Miley doesn’t fail to keep incorporating the country genre into rock, significantly influenced by the environment she grew up in, raised by the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus and having the 70s queen of country Dolly Parton as her godmother. Nevertheless, she made sure to keep bringing the true rock vibes back in between - for example in “Bad Karma” which features the legend of rock - Joan Jett. Both vocally and lyrically, it is heavily inspired by Jett’s previous works, remarked by similarities like moans, and the concept of living carefree. At the same time, it also resembles the reference of the double life of Hannah Montana and buddhism. “I’d rather just do it, then I’ll think about it later,” is one of the lyrics that incorporates the true value of karma, meaning that the bad karma hits you in your next life and you’ll have time to think about your mistakes then. “Bad Karma” is, however, just a quick departure from the ballads with the next up “Never Be Me” and “Golden G String” which though don’t resemble in meaning. “Never Be Me” tells us how Cyrus will never be the type of person people want her to be, but still doesn’t fail to express the caring side of her. The words “I walk the line, I play with fire” allude to Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire”. It means that she often puts her heart on the line when she falls in love - she wears her heart on her sleeve. What is interesting about finishing the album with “Golden G String” is the chorus that indirectly mentions Donald Trump being elected as the new president of the United States in 2017. It refers to him as a bad, scandalous role-model for people, saying that it’s the job of Cyrus herself to be like this, not the president of the country. It expresses her anger not only towards the politics, but also towards the media focusing on unimportant things. The body of work is enriched with three deluxe tracks - one remix and two killer covers. As the track 13, we get to listen to “Edge of Midnight” featuring Stevie Nicks which is an unusual mashup of Cyrus’ “Midnight Sky” and Nicks’ 1982 hit “Edge of Seventeen” which is meant to continue linking Cyrus to female rock legends which became a trend for the album. It is almost shocking how well the melodies of both songs melt together - if one wasn’t aware it is an actual mashup and didn’t know the songs,


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they would consider it as a whole new song on the album. Finally moving on to Miley’s iconic covers that earned great success among music lovers even before the album was announced thanks to which both covers were put on the album - and we are here for it! “Heart Of Glass” is a cover of Blondie’s 1979 hit of the same name which Cyrus sang on the iHeartMusic Festival earlier in fall 2020. To close up the album, Cyrus decided to go for her cover of the Cranberries’ hit “Zombie” which she performed at the NIVA Save Our Stages Festival to raise money to support independent music venues during the coronavirus pandemic. The cover immediately became fans’ utmost favorite and gained positive feedback from the original band itself. “It’s one of the finest covers of the song that we’ve heard. We think Dolores would be very impressed,” they shared on Twitter. With “Zombie” coming to an end in your ears, you’re left thinking about the overall music experience. It is clear that the album concept is undoubtedly based on Cyrus’ relationships. Nevertheless, when you’re going through the songs, you realize that in fact, you can find more than one thing to relate to. What is very outstanding in this case is Cyrus’ personal songwriting that makes you stop and think about the actual personal meaning of the songs - you are collecting pieces and putting them together in your head not only into a love story, but into the singer’s actual thoughts, feelings, opinions, emotions and worries. Miley basically put her whole persona into this album, making you desperately try to understand her struggles, and at some point to associate yourself with them and adjust the meanings into your own. Throughout the mixture of powerful rock records and calming country-influenced ballads, she doesn’t

PAGE PAGE 41 fail to address important issues in today’s world such as politics, the hatred of the media or the corona-virus pandemic. During the powerful ballads, you might find yourself realizing that the stories behind them are actually very sad but they are also the songs that show us the vulnerable side of the singer which the media rarely shows. She might have messed up many times in many different situations, though her intentions were never to hurt anybody. She is addressing the issue of the society believing that it is wrong to mess up sometimes and she is making it seem like it is okay when something doesn’t go the way it was promised to go. The fact that Miley went the rock way with this album was highly anticipated and supported by many fans especially after everyone saw how versatile Miley is when it comes to music genres, which she entirely proved with this album. With the years spent trying to desperately prove herself as something more than the “Hannah Montana” actress, “Plastic Hearts” is definitely one of the biggest highlights of Miley Cyrus’ musical journey and we cannot wait to see where her heart takes her next.

SONGS I RECOMMEND PRISONER (featuring Dua Lipa) ANGELS LIKE YOU NIGHT CRAWLING (featuring Billy Idol)

With Miley being my first favorite singer that I’ve ever had as a kid and knowing a lot about her career, I do agree with the fact that this might be her best album up to date. Hearing some of her rock covers from the past years, I have always silently wished that she’d done a rock album and she did it brilliantly. I would have never thought rock music could have such deep meanings that Miley managed to incorporate into the songs. It rarely happens to me that I like every single track on one album and “Plastic Hearts” is one of them.


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AGORA Magazine No.1 | (Dis)connect  

Reflect with us on the theme of (Dis)connect in our first issue of AGORA magazine. We will touch on topics such as introspection, building b...

AGORA Magazine No.1 | (Dis)connect  

Reflect with us on the theme of (Dis)connect in our first issue of AGORA magazine. We will touch on topics such as introspection, building b...

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