By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~
Singer and actress Miley Cyrus released her fifth studio album titled “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz” on Aug. 30. Cyrus unexpectedly announced the release of her new album at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards after performing the lead track “Dooo It!” The entire album, which was independently produced by Cyrus’s Smiley Miley Inc. record label, is available for free streaming through the online audio and music platform Soundcloud on her website, http://www.mileycyrus.com/andherdeadpetz.
The album follows Cyrus’s 2013 album “Bangerz,” which garnered generally favorable reviews and featured chart-topping singles like “We Can’t Stop,” “Wrecking Ball,” and “Adore You.” Cyrus began planning this album even before the release of “Bangerz” and collaborated with psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips. She also worked with hip-hop record producer and songwriter Mike Will Made It and producer Oren Yoel, whom she also worked with for “Bangerz.”
The 23 tracks on “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz,” however, show a new side of Cyrus’s music. Unlike her previous albums, this one is an experimental album and showcases a somewhat different, more psychedelic sound. The album features a mix of different styles including psychedelic pop and rock, alternative pop, space rock, synthpop and artpop. Its lead track “Dooo It!” is a marijuana-ballad that is reminiscent of Cyrus’s eccentric performances and lyrics (and is accompanied by a music video that is essentially four minutes of close-ups of Cyrus’s glittercovered face).
Other songs on the album like “Something About Space Dude,” “Cyrus Skies” and “The Floyd Song (Sunrise),” though equally unconventional and laden with swear words, employ a more acoustic and slow, melodic sound. The album also includes three songs that showcase guest artists: “Slab of Butter (Scorpion)” features electronic rock Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel, “Tangerine” features Big Sean and “Tiger Dreams” features Ariel Pink.
Although many aspects of the album, especially specific songs, have been met with criticism, the album’s title has been the subject of vast public confusion. According to Cyrus, her album’s title and specific songs like “Pablow the Blowfish” and “The Floyd Song (Sunrise)” refer to late pets owned by either Cyrus or her friends.