Pharrell Williams & Miley Cyrus – Doctor (Work It Out)

Is there any reason why Miley Cyrus is harking us back to her Bangerz days? I’m sure fans who know that “Doctor (Work It Out)” was made during that era would want to know as well. Created in 2012, the song first publicly appeared as “Doctor” in 2017 when it was unfortunately leaked. In 2023, Pharrell Williams decided to revamp the song for use in his menswear fall-winter show at Paris Fashion Week on January 16, 2024.

Shortly after Cyrus blew the audience away with her amazing Grammy performance of the viral hit “Flowers,” she announced the coming of this single. Since there’s been no prior news of the superstar working on a new record, this may be just a one-off.

When it comes to why there are so many years separating the creation of the song and its official release, Williams believes it’s all down to the right moment.

Cyrus echoed his opinion during their chat with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, saying, “And I don’t think I could have delivered that at that time, and I know I couldn’t have because I didn’t or I would’ve. And so this has just worked out. It completely embodies my spirit and my essence at this exact moment. And this song is really just kind of fun, and it’s not too heavy or heady or deep, and that’s kind of right where I am and my nature at this moment. And so it just feels really reflective of where I’m at, and that’s really what my music always does.”

As Cyrus says, the song carries a fun and carefree spirit that she feels she’s achieved after the turmoil of the past few years. “My whole life is a celebration right now. I mean, kind of always I’m able to see it as I’ve gotten older. I was just saying the other day, it’s not that things that haven’t come up that have been different levels of stress or passion, but I, at this point, I just can’t remember the last time I had a bad day because I’m surrounded by so much goodness.”

I could be your doctor / And I could be your nurse / I think I see the problem / It’s only gon’ get worse,” Cyrus sings in the chorus, her powerful set of pipes giving the song a vibrant edge. The accompanying music video sees Cyrus, and Cyrus alone, dancing along to the song. This is one of those times when a video is made to look minimalist, when, in fact, it isn’t. As for the song, you need a listen or two for it to stick to your brain like glue.