That Scarlett Johansson album…

is, on first impressions, almost shockingly good. It’s a collection of Tom Waits covers called Anywhere I Lay My Head. I’m two-thirds of the way through it now and I can easily see myself losing myself in this album on a regular basis. Someone had written that her voice sounded like Liz Fraser from Cocteau Twins — to be honest, I don’t hear that at all. To me, it’s far more bassy and there’s more of a touch of Nico from the Velvet Underground — minus the accent, thankfully. Standouts for me so far are ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Song for Jo’. I love the way, when the album begins, you don’t even hear her voice on the first song — it’s a very smart way of getting you into the album and stopping you from thinking about Scarlett the celebrity. Anyhow, it’s released in the middle of May I believe. Peter Murphy of HP will be in on the Kiosk tomorrow at 11am to talk about Scarlett Johansson’s move into music — and discuss the stories of some other actors who weren’t quite as smart with their choice of songs (hello, Keanu!). Speaking of…here’s Jada Pinkett Smith with her nu-metal ditty…

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2 thoughts on “That Scarlett Johansson album…

  1. Her voice is awful!

    She can take no credit for the muisic either, which is pretty good, if also pretty pedestrian.

    A massive ego stroking vanity project if I ever heard one.

  2. I agree that her voice is pretty limited — it could do with being a lot more nuanced — but it seems pretty clear that she already knows that — and works with her limitations. As for the music, well, I have to say I love the music around it — I think Dave Sitek did a great job…

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