TUESDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2015 |
Posted by: Erin Walsh
To put it plainly, I have trust issues with most major label music I hear. Did this artist actually write this? Is this some sort publicity stunt? How do we know when huge artists are really genuine? With Miley Cyrus, it's been difficult. From Hannah Montanna to humping Robin Thicke, it was hard for me to think the 2015 version of Miley Cyrus is a phase, or maybe a series of desperate cries for attention. It wasn't until I watched her SNL performance this past Saturday that I realized this is the real Miley, and I hope she's here to stay.
Cyrus hosted and performed on the season 41 premiere of SNL this past Saturday, and she was just as over the top as I expected. What I didn't expect was to enjoy her performance, and I definitely didn't expect goosebumps running up and down my arms as she sang. She was joined by the Flaming Lips dressed in animal costumes to perform one of her more heartfelt tracks off of her latest surprise album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, "Karen Don't Be Sad." Cyrus's husky smoker's voice was actually so good that it even distracted me from her typical extravagant wardrobe, where in this particular performance she was wearing what looked to be a five pound Halloween costume headwrap with flowers glued on her naked body.
I enjoyed "Karen Don't Be Sad," but I wasn't moved until I watched her solo performance of "The Twinkle Song." With nothing but a piano, Cyrus sang an ode to her "dead petz" whose pictures were framed atop the piano as she sang the song in tears. This performance proved to me that Miley Cyrus is being more real than she ever has, and I think her art reflects that now more than it ever could as the teenage pop star she once was. Cyrus will be touring with the Flaming Lips, but catch a glimpse of their collab along with her sentimental solo performance below.