JEFF PEARLMAN

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Miley Cyrus

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So I’m torn on this one. Was watching VH1 Divas Live at the gym tonight. Some of the so-called Divas could really belt—Jennifer Hudson, for one, is as good as it gets. Others, like Jordin Sparks, are fine, dandy, OK, forgettable.

But what about Miley Cyrus?

As a 37-year-old grump, I’m supposed to either not care about Cyrus, or rip her. But, truth be told, I sort of like her voice. The actual material is mixed, but she’s got a little Stevie Nicks‘ rasp that I feel.27589_miley-cyrus We’re not talking about Hudson-esque power here. But she can sing, and she’s got a lot of charisma.

Then again, right now she’s sort of resting her hat on this sort of slop. And don’t be fooled—it’s slop. Cliched motivational song to be played at aerobics classes and during Bar Mitzvah video montages. But then, just when one thinks Cyrus is merely another, oh, Tiffany, we get this—textured, nuanced, powerful singing.

So what do I think? I think she’s pretty damn good.