Following on from Ke$ha’s seemingly unlikely (to her non-fans, anyway) cover of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, Miley Cyrus has premiered the official music video for her own Bob Dylan cover “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”, which is lifted from Amnesty International’s upcoming four-disc Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom.
The reaction to Miley’s cover has been, in some parts, one of patronizing shock and surprise. The Bostan Herald prefixed their review by mentioning how some people won’t like pop stars covering Dylan, before recommending the song and then warning readers not to actually watch the video, because: “The sight of Miley’s painted face singing “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go” is just too weird.” The confused reviewer then ended by calling it, “the best country ballad of this young decade.”
Meanwhile, MTV Buzzworthy launched into a big spiel about how Miley’s cover should be taken seriously, only half-jokingly asking readers not to laugh at the declaration.
Even the song’s producer Jeff Ayeroff had to explain the Miley cover in a statement, justifying it to those who have shown skepticism.
Some critics may be surprised, but I don’t know why. It was fairly obvious since Miley first unleashed her nasally voice all those years ago that she was built for the world of country, rock, and blues, rather than Top Forty Dr. Luke tunes. That was made all the more clear during her defining Gypsy Heart tour, where I was fortunate enough to see Miley slaying Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” live.
Hilary Duff will always be my favorite Disney diva, but Miley is probably the most talented one. Her “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” cover is truly stunning, and positions Cyrus exactly where she should be musically. And with country music being so big in America, a move into the genre could be the thing that revives Miley’s music career. It’s a win-win situation, so what’s the hold up?
Give us that country album, Milegend!