The last time I spoke with my mother, she informed me that she was worried about Miley Cyrus. (My mother’s Irish Catholic guilt causes her to be worried about everything in some small way, from global warming to dust mites.)
From my perspective, Ms. Cyrus is doing just fine for herself as a beloved pop singer and twerking expert. Sure, her lewd tendencies got her banned from performing in the Dominican Republic. On the flip side, she’s befriended the likes of The Flaming Lips and Pharrell; earned inclusion in TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People and Spotify’s Top 25 Artists Under 25; and, technically, she’s a a better singer than both Aretha Franklin and Steve Perry.
Miley further bolsters her credibility as a legit artist (and not the next Todd Bridges) by announcing plans to cover Leonard Cohen’s 1988 single, “I’m Your Man”. Sure, she did it by saying “gonna cover dis shit,” but you have to applaud her overall range and scope. The song shows some forethought on her behalf: The entire I’m Your Man LP has a distinct synthpop flavor to it, which fits the whole aesthetic Cyrus has cultivated in recent years. Plus, based on past covers like The Smiths’ “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya”, we know she can do leftfield covers and do it well.
No word yet on when Cyrus might drop said Cohen cover, but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, enjoy the original below.
And for proof we didn’t make this up, here’s Miley’s Instagram post.