NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series has seen some pretty creative pandemic performances. For the latest, Miley Cyrus did some amazing covers from a very tiny room.
The songs Cyrus offers are as direct and affecting as the set is whimsical. Cyrus has lately proven herself one of pop’s great interpretive vocalists, and she scores another triumph with her version of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” a hazy psychedelic anthem that she infuses with just the edge of the next day’s hangover. The two songs from Plastic Hearts that follow are her own bids at classic-rock timelessness. In “Golden G-String” Cyrus assesses her own life in the spotlight with Leonard Cohen-esque charm. And “Prisoner” is the power ballad that lets Cyrus really break out – as she leaves the tiny room — just a box, it turns out, on a soundstage – and joins her band, she’s as free and self-confident as she’s ever been.
If you liked that, the Billie Eilish set designed to look like an exact replica of the NPR offices was wonderful, too. Worth a first look or a revisit!
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