Miley Cyrus’ “Backyard Sessions” is the perfect series to watch in these times for two reasons: not only do we not all venture much beyond our own backyards (if we’re lucky enough to have them), we could also all use the dopamine rush the new Miley Cyrus covers right now. Miley has therefore delivered, as she does, a new special edition “Backyard Sessions” of MTV Unplugged, MTV’s iconic acoustic performance series. The special, which premiered on October 16 in the US and will be set internationally for the next few days, featured Cyrus going through a series of covers with his aptly dubbed support group the Social Distancers. It’s another step up from its 2012 original and its 2015 rebirth, with several costume changes and a chic scene.
As previously teased, the special featured Cyrus covering “Gimme More” by Britney Spears, as well as songs from Pearl Jam and the Cardigans: “Just Breathe” and “Communication”, respectively. She also gave surprising love to late 60s New York rock, taking on Nico’s “These Days” and the Cowboy Junkies version of “Sweet Jane”, originally by the Velvet Underground. But the biggest surprise came towards the end of the special, when Cyrus brought in his sister Noah Cyrus for a carefree duet on Noah’s song “I Got So High That I Saw Jesus”. Thanks to the acoustic setup, the covers turn to Cyrus’ twangy side, and we’re not complaining. In fact, there isn’t bad coverage in the lot – and if you weren’t already convinced that the “Backyard Sessions” are some of Cyrus’ best work, it should do the trick. Cyrus closed the show with a toned down version of his new single “Midnight Sky” – decidedly do not a cover, but it has this surprisingly eye-catching sample of Stevie Nicks. We will allow it.