Bret Michaels featuring Miley Cyrus – “Nothing To Lose”

Blake Boldt | March 22nd, 2010

bret-michaels-and-miley-cyrusSongwriter: 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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  1. Stormy
    March 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Wow. This song is Ew on all levels.

  2. Jon
    March 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    “Cyrus’s harmony?” She’s singing the same dang thing he is, just an octave higher. That ain’t harmony.

  3. Thomas
    March 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

    …i agree, it rather sounds as if there was a drunk chick hanging out at the studio during recording. the only good thing worth mentioning is that there was a designated singer during that session.

  4. Juli
    March 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

    This is the ickiest duet since Michael and Maeby’s version of “Afternoon Delight” on Arrested Development.

  5. numberonecountryfan
    March 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Well we have country music’s version of Something Stupid! If this single does not feel ‘contrived’ by any stretch of the imagination, I don’t know what is! By the way, Michaels almost got fired last night on Celebrity Apprentice, but sent Sinbad home instead!

  6. Steve M.
    March 22, 2010 at 10:23 am

    The “ick” level reminded me of “I love trouble” which paired Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts. Not only do you not believe they could pass as a couple, you hope to God they never try to.

  7. Trent
    March 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This song might have been okay if Miley weren’t on it. She added nothing and sounded terrible.

  8. Rick
    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Wow, another single on the forefront of the emerging “Skank Country” movement! That’s just awesome…

  9. Shannon
    March 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Bret’s voice is still amazing even though the song is dreadful.

  10. waynoe
    March 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Who next? Lady “Gag” in nothing but a vest and cowboy hat?

    Kid Rock has been one of the few that at least has had some crossover success and he understands and appreciates the country genre. It’s more than lip service, but believe me he;s one of the few.

  11. Stormy
    March 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Except Michael and Maeby’s duet had a layer of awesome that is missing from this song.

  12. Noeller
    March 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Michaels had a minor hit when he teamed up with Jessica Andrews on “All I Ever Needed (Was You)” back around 2003, and that song was far better than this.

    I do believe that Bret, similar to KMFR, understands and appreciates the history of Country music as well or better than a lot of today’s so-called “Country” acts, but bringing Miley on board here does him zero favours.

  13. i'm hot
    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    miley cyrus is a hore

  14. Thomas
    March 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    …i love greek mythology but what makes you think miley cyrus is a godess of the time, i’m hot?

  15. Rick
    March 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Listen “I’m Hot”, name calling is not tolerated around here! Well, that is unless its directed at Chairman Odumbo and his Demoncrap Gang for sodomizing Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty and labeling it a rectal exam under “Obamacare”…

  16. stormy
    March 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    What’s a hore?

  17. Steve M.
    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm
  18. Jon
    March 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, spelling flames, very impressive.

  19. Steve M.
    March 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I am not flaming him. I just rarely get to mention Samuel Hoare and didn’t want to pass up the rare opportunity.

  20. stormy
    March 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Jon: I once had an ex call me a hoor. I just want to know if that’s the same thing. Cause I’m nothing like Miley Cyrus so my ex must have been wrong.

  21. Noeller
    March 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I think I just LOL’d a bit on my keyboard…

  22. Michelle
    March 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Boy, Bret must be desperate! Miley sounded terrible and I’m not a Miley hater. I’d forgotten all about Jessica Andrews. I always loved ‘Who I Am.’

  23. Barbara
    March 28, 2010 at 9:21 am

    This enlightened discussion reminds me of when I was in the 4th grade and I heard for the first time the word that I thought must be a term for a farmer using a gardening tool.

  24. Michelle
    March 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Gosh, speaking of gardening, it’s time to amend my soil! Look out, Home Depot, I’m on my way in search of a hoe.

  25. Debbie
    May 10, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Exactly why is either of them trying to sing country? A good rock song might had made a hit. I am a fan of both Bret since the Poison days and I love Miley, but not on this song. Ouch.

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