Review of “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz”

Review of

Taylor Stephenson

Creative. Unusual. Unique. Those three words sum up Miley Cyrus’ fifth studio album.

Cyrus’ fame began with her role as Hannah Montana on “Disney Channel.” After leaving her show, she drastically changed from a girl’s childhood idol into an opinionated and outspoken adult. Many people criticize Cyrus for leaving her normal image behind and becoming trashy, but with the release of her new album, her music highlights the beautiful voice she’s always had.

Her image has not affected the way she sounds. Similar to her fourth studio album, “Bangerz,” Cyrus’ musical runs and vocal range display the richness in her voice.

Cyrus released “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz” in late Aug. She made the courageous yet refreshing switch from mainstream pop, performed by various artists like Justin Bieber and One Direction, to psychedelic pop and rock.

The genre includes autotuned and funky harmonies between a single artist or multiple singers. Psychedelic pop also emcompasses studio created beats which have a unique and almost jumbled sounding rhythm and tone.

Psychedelic pop once filled American radios, but it soon made a rapid decline. Now, Cyrus is bringing this atypical genre back in her new album.

Cyrus’ new release is a step in the right direction as she avoids the modern pop epidemic.

Mainstream pop artists only seem to be making music to please the listening audience instead of creating and singing music that comes from their hearts. Cyrus’ lyrics are meaningful lyrics rather than commonplace that lyrics that are fluffy and shallow.

It is inferred that the album is based on the deaths of Cyrus’ pets due to its title. In one song called “Pablow the Blowfish,” she cries because her fish has passed onto fish heaven and repeatedly states that she “misses him.” She then ends the song with unexpected and heart-wrenching crying and a dramatic slam on the piano’s keys.

The lyrics go beyond the death of the animals, though. The songs also talk about past lovers and Cyrus watching her friends struggle through intimate relationships and the journey of finding one’s self-worth.

The album has weird song titles like “Something About Space Dude” and “I Forgive Yiew” and some extremely explicit language, that may throw a listener off. The titles and profanity can make a person question the album, but the lyrics will pull at the heartstrings of any sensitive person.

One of the most inspirational songs from the album is called, “Karen, Don’t Be Sad.” Cyrus’ lyrics express how societal views shouldn’t affect this woman named Karen, yet she’s letting people get into her head. The lyrics go:

Oh, Karen.

You know you’re only letting ‘em win

By letting all their lies and hate

Destroy you from within.

This strange yet emotional album is perfect for anyone is looking for meaningful songs or a little change in their musical taste.