Bret Michaels featuring Miley Cyrus – “Nothing To Lose”
Songwriter: Bret Michaels.
On the new single by ‘80s rock hero-turned-reality star Bret Michaels and Disney darling Miley Cyrus, music takes a back seat to the mini-uproar surrounding it. With their collaboration on “Nothing to Lose,” the pair pour their drama into a yearning, slow-churning declaration of codependence.
Michaels lures in listeners with a suggestive passage about gettin’ sexy to save a faded love: “We both know better than this/Still we can’t resist/(To) slowly get undressed,” the 46-year-old rocker sings, as a not-yet-legal Cyrus coos sweetly in the background. Late-night comfort and everlasting freedom–these star-crossed lovers are looking to get the best of both worlds.
Michaels, who’s currently competing to be the next Celebrity Apprentice, has found a surefire way to stay in the spotlight by adding Cyrus to this self-pitying power ballad. In a move made to incite controversy–cradle robbing goes country?–the one-time Poison frontman is aiming for Nashville fame by way of the second-generation star.
Beyond the obvious ick factor, “Nothing” is an inoffensive track that’s metal-lite mixed with tween country. A melodramatic string section anchors the chorus, and Cyrus simply adds some angsty “oh’s” and “yeah’s” to Michaels’s stripped-down, heartfelt composition. Even if the song doesn’t resemble a modern country hit, it makes for an easy (if bland) listening experience.
But Cyrus’s harmony steals the show here, and not in the way she would hope. With her recent comments about the state of country music–”It feels contrived on so many levels.”–it’s odd that she’s taken on such a push for publicity. Cyrus, a genuinely talented teenager, is steering her career away from the cutesy trappings of the Hannah Montana franchise, but her bold strokes have put her on wobbly footing with longtime fans. With her appearance on “Nothing,” she’s straddled the line of good taste once again.
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