In the years leading up to Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, the singer weathered heavy criticism for her sexual awakening as a pop star. During her transition from Disney Channel teenager to a fully realized adult vocalist, Miley was markedly courting controversy — and it worked. “Wrecking Ball” broke YouTube records with 19.4 million views in 24 hours, and her 2013 VMAs performance with Robin Thicke was one of the most talked about moments in entertainment that year. Cyrus revealed herself to be extremely skilled at the art of attracting attention.
That’s why Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz only really makes sense for her to release right now. Two years ago, a lot of people didn’t know Miley for her music as much as her time on Hannah Montana. Now she’s become so inescapable that even if you didn’t watch her debut her single “Dooo It!” last night at the 2015 VMAs — you’ll probably hear it eventually. Now that all eyes are on Miley anyway, she has the chance to do whatever she wants creatively — within reason — without losing the public.
Cyrus seems confident in this fact. She’s streaming Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz free on her website, just after her closing VMAs performance. Not one for subtlety, she belted the new track out flanked by 30 drag queens. Speaking with The New York Times, Miley noted that she was aware that she has been afforded a certain ease of staying in the press.
“That’s what I’ve got the luxury to do. I can just do what I want to do, and make the music I want to make… People were like, ‘Well, she’s got some good people twisting the knobs to help her break out.’ Now it’s been long enough where they’re like, ‘No one’s telling her what to do.’ I’m not a chicken with my head cut off.'”
Though there’s certainly a huge influence from her friend Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips in Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, the artist is definitely justified in saying that it shows an independent musician reaching out with her own voice. The album is unmistakably curated from new Miley, sprinkled with drug references and curse words, backed by psychedelic loop beats — the image that Cyrus has been building over the last few years has finally come to fruition.
Stream the complete Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz here.
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