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Miley Cyrus recently made her much-anticipated return to music since the release of her 2019 single “Slide Away.” On Aug. 14, Cyrus introduced fans to her new era with the release of “Midnight Sky,” a single sampling rock icon Stevie Nicks’ 1981 hit “Edge of Seventeen.” 

It’s a catchy pop-synth masterpiece that shows off Cyrus’ vocal ability and is reminiscent of 1980s disco. The song tells the story of Cyrus finding her confidence again, moving on from a relationship — most likely her divorce from actor Liam Hemsworth — and recognizing she doesn’t belong to anyone.

Now, two-and-a-half months after its release, Cyrus dropped a surprise remix of the song, aptly titled “Edge of Midnight,” featuring Nicks. No announcement was made by either singer prior to its release, just a series of tweets from Cyrus and Nicks after it dropped on streaming platforms. 

 

“@StevieNicks has always been my idol & an inspiration,” Cyrus tweeted. “It’s an honor to now call her my friend and collaborator. Edge Of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix) out everywhere!”

The remix came after the announcement of Cyrus’ seventh album “Plastic Hearts,” which is set to release Nov. 27, and Nicks’ Oct. 9 release of her first single in six years, “Show Them The Way.

 

Upon first listening to “Edge of Midnight,” I was blown away by how perfect Cyrus and Nicks’ vocals sounded together. While the track is seemingly a mashup of “Midnight Sky” and “Edge of Seventeen,” both women can be heard singing the other’s song, thus making the track all the more memorable.

It begins with the telltale guitar riff from “Edge of Seventeen,” which continues throughout the track, as the synth-pop beats from “Midnight Sky” kick in behind it. Cyrus’ powerful vocals soon cut through as she sings her own lyrics. At around the 56-second mark, Nicks’ raspy vocals sing the chorus and part of the first bridge of  “Edge of Seventeen.” Nicks then sings the lyrics to “Midnight Sky” halfway through the track.

“I was born to run, I don’t belong to anyone, oh no / I don’t need to be loved by you (by you) / Fire in my lungs, can’t bite the devil on my tongue, oh no / I don’t need to be loved by you / See my lips on her mouth, everybody’s talking now, baby,” Nicks sings while Cyrus provides backing vocals. 

As the track comes to a close, Cyrus joins Nicks to sing the chorus from “Edge of Seventeen.” Both of their vocals shine through and mix seamlessly to create an epic finale. 

Overall, this unexpected cross-generational collaboration was a much needed distraction from being glued to the news, while anxiously awaiting the results of the presidential election. “Edge of Midnight” surpassed all my expectations and reignited my love for Cyrus’ music while affirming that Nicks’ vocals are still just as powerful and encapsulating.

Rating: 9/10