Monday, November 30, 2015

Miley Cyrus brings wild, captivating 'Petz' to NYC

It's been two years since she rode wrecking balls and twerked with teddy bears, but Miley Cyrus is ever the provocateur.Since defiantly shedding her squeaky-clean Disney image on her hip-hop-inspired Bangerz album in 2013, Cyrus has more or less stayed in her own lane: starting her Happy Hippie Foundation for homeless and LGBT youth early this year, and unveiling a psychedelic pop-rock persona during her high-profile hosting stint on the MTV Video Music Awards in August. After declaring her love for peace and pot smoke with her Dooo It! performance at the end of the show, the 23-year-old released a free album online, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, which she is supporting on tour this winter with Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips. (Wraps Dec. 19 in Los Angeles.)
In short, Cyrus' current live show is a constant barrage of confetti, balloons and flashing lights, and more bonkers than anything we've seen from her yet. Throughout her nearly two-hour performance at Terminal 5 on Saturday night, she changed into a variety of kitschy costumes, ranging from a smiling sun (for the Lady Gaga-esque 1 Sun), a stick of butter (NSFW anthem Slab of Butter), and a self-described "porn-icorn," for which she bedecked herself with sex toys and a bushy tail.
The most bizarre outfit of the night was an inflatable baby costume complete with diaper, bib and bonnet, which she donned for the suggestive BB Talk.  "I hope this is your first time seeing a baby strip," Cyrus teased, before disrobing down to her glittery pink underwear and pasties for Fweaky and the bluntly titled Bang Me Box. As expected, Cyrus' onstage banter was chock full of sex, drug and party talk — telling the crowd of twentysomethings how she got "a little too (messed) up before the show" and how it was going to be "the most turnt-up party you've ever seen."

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The concert as a whole was often messy and exhausting, with a set list comprised almost entirely of Dead Petz cuts (save for Bangerz tracks Love Money Party and We Can't Stop, and a brief Party in the USA instrumental). Interestingly, many concertgoers' stone-faced reactions suggested they were neither familiar nor into most of Cyrus' new tracks, which range from sleepy and forgettable (Evil is but a Shadow) to spacey and infectious (Space Boots).
But even if you do tire of Cyrus' relentless antics, you can never say she's boring. Her show is always unexpected and its eye-popping visuals are at least fun to watch. Plus, Cyrus' obvious talent is impossible to deny. Just listen to her rich, impassioned vocals on ballads such as The Floyd Song (Sunrise), Pablow the Blowfish and Karen, Don't Be Sad (one of Cyrus' very best), and you'd be remiss to say that she doesn't have one of the most dynamic voices in pop music right now. Cyrus also seems to have her heart in the right place — dedicating a few minutes to plead for wildlife conservation and implore concertgoers to be "someone I would vote for" someday, in her typically breathless way of speaking.
Certainly, Cyrus' path of self-discovery is far more extreme than her ex-Disney peers, but it is also much more fascinating. While Dead Petz isn't Cyrus' strongest work, her Milky Milky Milk tour is the work of an artist who can be unabashedly herself.
Set list:
Dooo It!
Love Money Party
1 Sun
You Are My Sunshine
The Floyd Song (Sunrise)
Something About Space Dude
Space Boots
F***** F***** Up
BB Talk
Fweaky
Bang Me Box
Lighter
Slab of Butter (Scorpion)
I Forgive Yiew
Milky Milky Milk
Miley Tibetan Bowlzzz
Tiger Dreams
Pablow the Blowfish
Twinkle Song
Encore:
Karen Don't Be Sad
Evil Is but a Shadow
We Can't Stop

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