35: Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz

OK, now this is just nuts. Nuts in a different way to Holly Herndon perhaps, but absolutely no less nuts. These 23 (!) self-released songs made with help from Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne (who last released a decent album when Miley was 9 years old) has been called a vanity project by some, chiefly because it absolutely is one. But why is that a bad thing? Why don’t more pop stars strive to create something like this? Why doesn’t Leona Lewis self-release something as bonkers as a tender song about her pet goldfish being eaten as sushi which ends with her breaking down crying? Would Nick Jonah even consider releasing something as downright bizarre as ‘Milky Milky Milk‘? Why is such staunch anti-commercialism lauded in others but absolutely chided in Miley? And ‘…Dead Petz’ is frequently amazing and far more weighted toward cosmic beauty than the clunky attempts at controversy exhibited in ‘single’ ‘Dooo It‘. Yes, it’s predictably waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long, and Miley is often trying fae too hard, but it’s largely a success and ensures Cyrus remains one of our most entertainingly insane pop stars.

‘Fun’ Fact: If I had a baby girl next year by the time I was Wayne Coyne’s age she’d be Miley’s and people would think it a bit weird how I hung about with her so much

What the hell am I going to sing in my X Factor audition tomorrow?! Twinkle Song‘ will break the judges’ hearts, even if the lyrics are absolute nonsense

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