It feels like we haven’t heard much from Miley Cyrus in the past few years (her last full album was released in 2017), but the pop superstar has been busy during the pandemic and has concocted a few covers. of classic songs, and they’re all really amazing.
There is no doubt that Cyrus has an amazing voice, but some of his past songs (like “We Can’t Stop”) don’t quite let her showcase her lineup, while other songs (like “Wrecking Ball”) show all of its true power.
That’s why it was super exciting to notice that she was doing socially distant performances of songs that aren’t her own.
Cyrus has never hesitated to cover a song (she once did Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and The Runaways’ “Cherrybomb”), but with a new look and in the event of a pandemic, these covers feel even more special.
Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”
Miley debuted this cover at this year’s iHeart Radio Music Festival with no audiences, and by popular demand, she released it as a single. Nothing can beat the original version, sung exquisitely by Blondie singer Debbie Harry, but Cyrus takes the rock song and makes it even bolder by singing the lyrics with a growl and raw edge, as Harry looks lush and reserved on the original version.
“Sweet Jane” by The Velvet Underground
This one seems right up to Cyrus’ aisle – and it’s shocking that she hasn’t done it before. His husky voice is perfect for this classic from the Velvet Underground. Since the cover of “Heart of Glass” Cyrus has done an MTV Unplugged Session, and that’s one of the songs she’s performed. Cyrus and his band aren’t much different from the original, and sometimes you don’t really need them.
Cyrus lets the music and the lyrics speak for themselves, and the result is truly wonderful and very coldness.
“Zombie” by The Cranberries
This song was just made for Cyrus to take over, right? It’s such a shame that Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away in 2018 because the Cranberries were an amazing band and O’Riordan had one of the most recognizable voices in alternative music of the ’90s.
Cyrus certainly does the group justice with her cover of “Zombie,” staying true to its sound, and honestly, it swings harder than the Cranberries could have done at the time. If she could just release a full album of Cranberries covers that would be really great, thank you.
“Gimme More” by Britney Spears
Now, that’s how you cover a song, ladies and gentlemen.
Cyrus took a popular song by Britney Spears and turned it into something completely cool, new, and very unusual. Instead of a punchy beat and flashy synths, Cyrus turns up the twang with acoustic guitars and a slow-mo beat. It’s not a rock song, but she certainly did.
Cyrus grew up singing country music, so any time she can go back to her roots and sound like she was performing in a saloon, the result will be iconic. Oh, and how awesome is her outfit in live performance too?
“Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam
As you can see from this list, Cyrus has a full catalog of artists and songs that she draws inspiration from, and while Pearl Jam may seem like a surprising choice for Cyrus to cover, this version of “Just Breathe” really is. gorgeous, and it really shows that her voice is in such a special way. She doesn’t have much to do to make this song her own, and she really gives Eddie Vedder his money’s worth.
“my future” by Billie Eilish
Honestly, if I hadn’t known this song belonged to Billie Eilish, I would have thought it was a Cyrus original. She really takes this coming-of-age piece of Eilish and makes it her own. Instead of Eilish’s huffed and subdued voice, Cyrus lets the voice soar with his great voice and faster tempo. The result is wonderful to listen to, and Cyrus is expected to cover more songs from Eilish in the future.
Luckily for Cyrus fans, the singer has announced a new album, “Plastic Heart,” which will debut on November 27. The album will feature her covers of “Heart of Glass” and “Zombie”, as well as her single “Midnight Sky”. “