Johansson covers Tom Waits
Actress Scarlett Johansson has recorded an album of Tom Waits cover songs called 'Anywhere I Lay My Head,' which will be released May 20. Johansson
Actress Scarlett Johansson has recorded an album of Tom Waits cover songs called Anywhere I Lay My Head, which will be released May 20. The album was produced by Dave Sitek of the band TV on the Radio, and features contributions by David Bowie, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and members of the group Celebration. The record also contains an original song by Johansson.
What the commentators said
Johansson “was pretty much universally panned for her performance with The Jesus & Mary Chain at last year’s Coachella” festival, said the blog Egoeccentric, yet now she’s “poised to release her debut album.” Why some record executives thought it was a good idea for Johansson to do a Tom Waits cover album is “beyond me.” And just think what this “could spawn: Lindsey Lohan sings Neil Young? Paris Hilton re-records Blood on the Tracks?”
It’s not like Johansson is the first actor to “dive into the musical world,” said IGN.com. She’s “following in the footsteps of the likes of Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Keanu Reeves, Michael Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeff Bridges, Juliette Lewis, and countless others.”
I’m pretty “skeptical” about this album, said the blog Pop Sugar. But you have to give her credit for scoring a duet with David Bowie. And anything is possible—“maybe the album will be way more legit and awesome” than some people imagine it will be.
We actually got to hear a few tracks from the album, said Josh Jackson in PasteMagazine.com, and they “were nothing like we imagined. Instead of the lounge-y approach favored by fellow young thespians like Minnie Driver, it’s a feast of indie production” that stays “true to Waits’ spirit of weirdness without sounding anything like him.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
MOST POPULAR ON THE WEEK
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- It's official: The religious right is calling it quits
- Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects
- How science is accelerating our search for alien life
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie
- 6 tiny scientific mistakes that created huge disasters
- Inside Turkey's shadow war with ISIS
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters
- 10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids
Subscribe to the Week