My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

Pot, Dead Petz and suicide is painless

by Paul Bellini

It’s always fun when an artist commits career suicide. Usually, that means that the artist strikes out in a direction very different from what made them popular, like when Metallica teamed up with Lou Reed for Lulu, an album that more or less caused Lou’s death. (I’m not sure what sort of long-term damage has affected Metallica, whose fans I suspect are not quite so sophisticated.)

The latest example of career suicide can be found in Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, a wonky new album by the pop goddess. Ostensibly about her dead pets, it’s really more about sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Miley has always been known for being ‘out there’ – when she was caught with a bong in her mouth, she admitted that she is a pothead. In fact, pot smoking is all over her new album, which certainly means that parents will be freaking out over their little princesses listening to this album. Although that’s unlikely, because the music on Dead Petz is about as far away from sugary pop music as you can get.

Miley’s collaborators include the older hippie dude from Flaming Lips, and the psychedelic sounds start right off the bat. “Yeah I smoke weed,” she sings on the opening track, a shocker called “Dooo It!” But this is followed by a gorgeous ballad called “Karen Don’t Be Sad.” It’s hard not to be moved by the melody and by Miley’s plaintive crooning. She really is talented.

I hate most pop stars. I loathe Rihanna, Gaga, Katy Perry and all those rapping hags. I’ll give Adele a pass, but only because she’s fat. About the only modern pop singers I can tolerate are the luminous Lana Del Rey and of course, Miley Cyrus. Miley is a supreme risk taker, and kind of a genius. Plus she’s not afraid to be sexy or vulnerable, although there is one song on Dead Petz, “BB Talk”, that maybe goes too far. It involves a lot of talking about some relationship with a cute boy who gave her both orgasms and agita. Plus, she says ‘fuck’ - a lot.

Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz is available as a free download, so you have no excuse. Please, come listen to an artist commit career suicide, and be seduced by her charms and her musical skills in the meantime.