Miley Cyrus pulled off a neat trick Sunday night while closing the MTV VMAs. After hosting the show, having a wardrobe malfunction, getting called out by Nicki Minaj, and performing an eye-popping closing number with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips—he shot cannons off between her legs—she announced their collaborative album, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, was now available online, for free. Imagine the Internet’s delight.
After just a day to digest Dead Petz, EW took a crack at finding the most outrageous moments in the album’s whopping 23 tracks. Here are our immediate reactions.
Sans VMAs spectacle, opener “Dooo It!” pops.
Cyrus pulled out all the stops for her show-closing performance, including a crew of technicolor-clad drag queens and characteristically crazy Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne—but the track itself felt unrehearsed. Not so on the studio version, which blends the singer’s previous aesthetic with Flaming Lips weirdness. Plus, there’s Miley mission statement: “Yeah I smoke pot, yeah I love peace / But I don’t give a f–k, I ain’t no hippy.”
Turns out “Dooo It!” was a bit of a red herring.
As weirdly crazy as the album’s opening cut is, it gives way to a sequence of acoustic driven ballads: “Karen Don’t Be Sad,” “The Floyd Song (Sunrise),” and “Something About Space Dude” all sound like they were retrieved from the cutting room floor of the Lips’ classic 2002 LP Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and revamped with Cyrus’ vocals.
Miley goes primal, for an entire track.
“Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz” has no lyrics, just atmospheric moans. They’re gentle, and you’ll like them if you can get past the oddity of Cyrus’ purring.
The curtain call.
“Twinkle Song” ends the album, and it’s as colorful a trip as the full album. Each stanza begins with “I had a dream” before delving into stories of David Bowie skateboarding, singing a lover to sleep, robbing a record store, before wondering “what does it mean?” Miley lets loose, allowing her voice to rip with desperation.
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