We’re all still reeling from the grand return of Miley Cyrus to the pop charts yesterday, courtesy of a guest spot on Snoop Lion‘s new track “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” — and so is the Internet! Yes, the reviewers had a lot of things to say about Miley and Snoop’s tune together — mostly good things, and given our original review, we agree that the praise is entirely deserved.
While it may not have been the big comeback we anticipated from Cyrus — whose work in the studio with an eclectic roster of hip-hop hitmakers has anticipation running high for her next LP, due later this year — it seems to have satiated our collective desire to hear her new sound. Check the reviews after the jump.
:: Spin credits “Major Lazer‘s mastery of dub-addled pop production” with making “this odd couple sound oddly in sync, with Cyrus doing her best Rihanna-via-Stefani thing and the Boss Cat stonily singing about the confounding mysteries of the human condition.”
:: “With an easy-going beat, spacey production and even a little U2-esque guitar in the background, the latest Reincarnated track is an unexpectedly solid collaboration,” Fuse says, noting that the song is “an interesting sonic direction for Miley & the Lion.”
:: The feature proves “yet again that [Miley's] Disney days are long behind her,” Billboard comments, calling her portion of the song “Rihanna-esque.”
:: “Snoop combines his newfound Rasta style with Cyrus’ pop sound but the actress shows she can get in on the reggae vibe of the jam, too,” MTV says.
:: The Huffington Post calls the song “a generally inoffensive tune that features both vocalists offering breathy reflections on lost loved ones.”
:: Stereogum comments that although “an incredibly strange confederation of people” came together to work on this song, the result “has Snoop and Miley harmonizing pretty effortlessly over a breezy one-drop reggae beat. It’s not bad!”