Last week, pop-princess Miley Cyrus was featured on the MTV series Unplugged and, shockingly, her performance was tame in comparison to what audiences have grown accustomed to. There was, of course, the obligatory twerking on a giant plush horse, mass amounts of gyrating and some uncomfortably erotic grinding on Madonna, but otherwise, nothing out of the ordinary.
Miley’s Bangerz tour is scheduled to start this year, and in her Unplugged set, Cyrus performed some of her new songs for the first time live, including fan-favorite “Drive.”
But, what audiences may have missed was when Miley took a step away from her usual balancing act of semi-pop and pseudo-country music and instead performed a cover of Arctic Monkeys’ “Why’d You Only Call me When You’re High?” Her performance of the cover did not make the on-air cut…and we can kind of see why.
Miley’s voice mumbled and twanged around the angsty lyrics over a clunky piano that replaced the sauntering guitar melody heard in the original song. Although Miley did not quite reach the impressive high notes at the end of the song, she did give the piece her own signature with some solid crotch patting and an edgy rock-out session in the bridge.
It is no secret that Miley can sing, as we have seen in her cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” but just like the sparkly, torn, over-sized denim shirt Miley wore on MTV, one-size voice does not fit all.