It seems like only yesterday when my friends and I were cuddled up on the sofa with our ring-pops watching Hannah Montana
while lovingly gazing at our Miley Cyrus
lunch boxes. Like so many of her fans, I also mourned the loss of Disney's Southern sweetheart long ago, but since we're all big girls now, it's time for Miley too, to put on her big girl panties and figure out her shit. "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High", a track originally recorded by the Arctic Monkeys, was covered by Miley during her MTV Unplugged
performance, and it exemplifies the main issues many have with the evolving artist's troubling progressions. Finding a sense of meaning in her own songs is difficult enough, and even when singing the words of another, the monotonous qualities of her new character carry over. Her adequate, albeit wishy-washy vocals on this cover made me FEEL HIGH! And not in a good way. In a "I'm trapped in the sweaty bathroom of a dive bar in which Miley Cyrus is doing karaoke" kind of way.
To be fair, things picked up towards the end of her cover, however, this didn't redeem the already sour perception. The main thing the Arctic Monkey's version had going for it was the sexy sway of the down beat, yet that was devoured by Miley. After watching her grow up I'm craving more depth from her work and I was pleasantly surprised when I heard her cover of Dolly Parton's country anthem "Jolene"
. She clearly has something of value talent wise, but her artistic identity as a whole lacks both consistency and clarity, especially in "Why'd You Only Call Me When I'm High" below.