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Jolene - Miley Cyrus (orig. Dolly Parton)

For those of you who have an irrational hate of Miley Cyrus (much like my dislike of Taylor Swift) and call her a talentless hack, I present to you her performance of Jolene, a brilliant tune originally sung by the incomparable Dolly Parton. While I'm not a fan of Miley's current methods to shed her bubblegum-farts Disney persona, I stand by that she is a talented performer who can actually sing when she's not humping foam fingers and disgusting, chauvinistic men who are way too old for her.

Just watch the video below and let me know what you think in the comments!



Jameson said…
As with some other radio darling pop starlets, Miley Cyrus does appear to have technical ability. By that, I mean that she can hit notes relatively accurately and seems to have a good sense of rhythm. Talent, however, is comprised of more than this, originality and soul most likely being the top two of such defining components. To be truly talented is to stand out from the pack on your own merit by developing your own voice - your own sound - and moving people. Might such characteristics have manifested in some of these aforementioned pop stars if they'd been given more time? Perhaps. I guess we'll never know. But one thing is for sure: it hasn't happened with Miley. As it stands, she's just another forgettable radio music celeb who will inevitably fade into the past after she's out of cheap, tasteless gimmicks such as the ones for which she's come to be infamously known. And the day that happens, I have no doubt that the machine that is the pop "music" industry will just replace her with another one just like her. How unfortunate for us.
Stef Howerton said…
I'm going to have to disagree with you on a few points. I personally think that Miley's going to be around for a while, much to your chagrin, it seems.

I personally find Miley's voice to be highly unique. Yes, she has a bit of Minnesota Mush Mouth, but that adds to it's uniqueness in my opinion. The raspy quality is also easily recognizable, especially in the bubblegum pop world with ingenue-type voices.

No, I'm not a die hard fan, but I do like some of her songs.

Here's my take: she's growing as an individual, coming into her own, and honestly... I think she's going to be a major force to be reckoned with once she finds what that is. Technique might not be there vocally, but since when has technique ever mattered in pop music (hint: the answer is never)?

So... respectfully disagree good sir. I personally am excited to see her find herself and create her brand, technique be damned.

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