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Critics are calling it a flop, but there’s a reason that Miley Cyrus’ new single “Malibu” has already skyrocketed to number one on the charts.

Miley’s new single is the complete opposite of everything she’s done in the past: unlike her “See You Again” phase or her “Wrecking Ball” phase, “Malibu” is completely understated. So if you turned on the new record thinking to hear a pumped-up pop song, then you’re sure to be disappointed.

No “Malibu” is not particularly catchy, but it’s not meant to be. It’s mellow and sweet, the kind of thing you’d listen to while doing morning yoga (I should know, as this is exactly what I was doing the first time I heard it). At times it can feel a bit one-note, but it helps listeners to focus on the vocals.

“Malibu” went straight to #1 on iTunes, although now it’s down to #2, right behind “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber.

We have to say to Miley’s critics: even if you’re not down with her new jam, you have to be impressed with the way she can constantly morph herself into someone new. In this era, that’s a must if you want to survive. If you don’t believe us, just look at a few of the other chart-toppers. Katy Perry has recently transformed herself from pink cotton candy to a more socially-aware singer and Selena Gomez has grown into a well-rounded, mature songstress.

“Malibu” makes us excited for Miley Cyrus’ future and curious to see what else she’s been working on. With her rebellious teen years finally behind her, Miley has a big career ahead of her. Combined with her activism in the LGBTQ community (see: Happy Hippie Foundation), we think this 24-year-old has a lot to offer the world.

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to started Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. She’s currently obsessed with Vanderpump Rules, lipstick, and her kitty Tom.