Presented by MTV’s long-running Unplugged program this time, the Backyard Sessions are back again with Miley Cyrus performing for the second time on the famous series. Taking place beneath Californian palm trees while Miley titled her masked band the Social Distancers. The timing was just perfect for these quarantined times.
Miley gave us the fashion goals for the stripped-down production: campy animal prints, platinum mullet and captivating red lips, just in line with the glam rock release of her new single “Midnight Sky.” Miley started off with a nostalgic take on pop queen, Britney Spears’ “Gimme More.” A song which is a spin on the electro-pop classic. That probably made all of us, noted Britney stans, feel insincere listening to Miley sing it.
After making us all homesick for old times, the singer moves on. To pay homage to her heroes outside of pop for the rest of her 30-minute set. Definitely opting for deep cuts along the way.
She goes for a more recent hit from the band, for her Pearl Jam pick, the slow and dreamy “Just Breathe.” Injecting more life than even Eddie Vedder did in the original song. Skillfully channeling the acute coolness of both versions, Miley fed Lou Reed via Cowboy Junkies on the cosmically serene “Sweet Jane.” Also making a strong case for it to stage a comeback as a slow-dance staple. She took on the Cardigans’ dreamy 2003 tune “Communication.”
The show is concluded when the singer is joined by her younger sister Noah Cyrus to shift back to 2020 with Noah’s country-tinged ballad “I Got So High That I Saw Jesus.”
The sisters complemented each other on stage as Miley looks at her younger one with pride. The video wraps up with Stevie Nicks-sampling single, “Midnight Sky,” the very reason Miley entered this covers-heavy publicity series. In our opinion leaving us hanging and hungry for more of what she’s been cooking up for her current era was the only unpleasant part of the show.
Miley Cyrus gets attention
Miley has been having a viral moment very different from those that she’s has in the past. She has continually received attention in the best way possible all thanks to the series of covers she’s done. On every other remote program she’s appeared on over the last couple of months. Such as The Tonight Show, BBC Radio 1 lounge and iHeartRadio Festival.
Miley’s covers, ranging from Blondie to Billie Eilish, have always proved one single point. That is: Miley, dominating a lonely class outside of anything her peers are doing is a powerhouse vocalist.