Hearing Aide: ‘Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz’

Many thoughts come to mind when one hears the name Miley Cyrus. Cyrus has made it clear to the world that she is no longer an innocent young girl, and this celebrity never misses an opportunity to stand out in a big way. She dropped an unexpected album on SoundCloud entitled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz at the end of August. The album artwork is pretty striking featuring Miley’s partial face covered in glitter glue and the title in huge pink bubble letters.

The image looks like a still taken from her “Dooo It!” music video, which has upward of 11 million views on Youtube. The 22-year-old is not afraid to be unique with regard to her image; eccentric might be a modest adjective.

This album is quite different from the other albums she’s released, especially because she released the album on a non-paid platform. Perhaps she wanted to distribute content gratis as a way to thank her loyal fans, or maybe it was simply an experimental work she didn’t want in her “real” discography. Furthermore, the album is not marked with the Parental Advisory notice for explicit content for the subject matter and numerous F-bombs, which could be problematic if it weren’t on a free distribution platform.

The instrumentation on the album combines acoustic and non-acoustic instruments, including electronic intergalactic sounds in “Space Boots.” And in “Something About Space Dudes,” the rough acoustic guitar is juxtaposed with electronics, making for a unique mix. It’s definitely apparent that The Flaming Lips helped produce this album with the vocal distortion and various production elements.

Miley has no filter, and she doesn’t seem to care what people know about her, good or bad. She likes to have fun smoking pot and drinking alcohol. The two shortest tracks on the album, “Fuckin Fucked Up” and “I’m so Drunk” respectively indicate the more adult habits, and they are similar to the substance-induced works by The Beatles. The recordings sound as though she is in these altered states.

The subject matter is truly all over the place; she sings about guys and sex, pets she used to have, and space dudes she’s encountered while being high. “Bang My Box” and “Fweaky” are quite dissimilar in style. The former is upbeat and catchy, while the latter is a slow ballad, but her detailed desire for sex is evident in both. There are a few emotional tracks, including one that starts with a little monologue detailing her feelings. “I Get So Scared” is a gorgeous track with a simple guitar part and percussion. She explains how she might not get over her last relationship, and how she wants her new relationship to be similar. She’s pretty transparent with her fans.

“Pablow the Blowfish” is the best track on the album. It’s hilariously emotional as she details how much she misses her pet fish and how difficult it was to see her friends consuming sushi.

Overall, this album is truly a work of art. It’s not focused on one single concept, and has a great variety of song styles. This star is definitely taking a new creative direction that will keep fans interested and looking for more.

Here is a link to the album

Key Tracks: Bang My Box, Pablow the Blowfish, Something About Space Dude