REVIEW: Miley Cyrus – ‘Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz’

Cyrus is not afraid to take risks…

Miley dropped her new album; Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, at the end of her performance closing the MTV VMA’s this week.  

The 22-year-old host announced her album is free to stream online after a jaw-dropping performance of her new song ‘Dooo It’ at the awards.

“Yeah, I smoke pot. Yeah, I love peace. But I don’t give a f*#k . I ain’t no hippie,” screeches Cyrus’ distorted voice introducing the first track of the album.

Dead Petzcertainly lives up to our expectations. Miley’s fifth album unquestionably removes her from any lingering Hannah Montana/Disney character.

‘Karen Don’t Be Sad’ takes an unexpected turn, slowing things down. It’s a little closer in tempo to hit single ‘Wrecking Ball’ than any of the other tracks on this album will ever be.

Collaborating with producers such as Mike Will Made It and The Flaming Lips front man, Wayne Coynes, Dead Petz is heavily influenced by work from The Flaming Lips and is a mix of Synthpop and Psychpop.

Miley’s artistic freedom is manifested in the subject matter of her songs. The 23 tracks, all over four minutes long (some lengthen to five or six minutes), explore the ups and downs of life and death, being high and basically not giving a f*#k. Cyrus certainly expresses lyrical content close to her heart in ways that show her independence and power in the music industry.

The Floyd Song (Sunrise), written for her dog who passed away in April, 2014, fuses guitar and electronics to create a twanging shimmer.

While Miley’s voice is somewhat echoed in most of her tracks, it is in fact refreshing to hear something quirky and a little more unique. Dead Petz is far from the overtly auto-tuned, repetitive, pop melodies that flood our radio stations, which let’s admit we all know and love.

Cyrus is not afraid to take risks in her music and truly lets her guard down to find her own voice. Discovering new sounds she lets it crack, shriek, deepen and sometimes whine, because after all, she’s just being Miley.

Watch the video for ‘Dooo It’ below: