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Scarlett Johansson "Falling Down" ft. David Bowie

As previously reported, Scarlett Johansson’s disc of Tom Waits covers is set for release on May 20.  What’s gone unreported until now is that, if we can assume/hope the recently released “Falling Down” featuring David Bowie is a representative sampling of the rest of the music, Anywhere I Lay My Head might be a solid -- if conceptually bizarre -- album. Mixing Dave Sitek’s production layers with Wait’s words and Johansson’s voice doesn’t seem so preposterous after all, but does seem to further validate my hopes for Lindsay Lohan’s song-for-song covers album of Beefheart’s Safe as Milk.


Go here to listen to Scarlett Johansson’s cover of “Falling Down.”

Five additional tracks can be listened to at the new web site for Scarlett's album. 

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Waits is such an iconoclastic performer that we often forget what a frickin' great songwriter he is. To me, one of the hallmarks of a great song is how adaptable it is. Waits's songs have been covered by everyone, sometimes well, sometimes poorly, and as long as Johansson does something interesting with them, I'm sure the album will transcend her celebrity status. This track is's more about Sitek than Johansson. I guess maybe that's a good thing?

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ooh and album of scarlett singing karaoke! awesome. oh, wait, there are guest appearances. that makes it legit right? she sounds like a man robot.

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man robot indeed... although Id still like to have wild animal sex with that particular man robot.

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did anyone hear the title track? it's really really bad

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I got used to her voice by the end of the six songs.

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It sounds to me like Johansson was focused on creating a good album as a whole rather than an album spotlighting herself. I think it's great how willing she was to let other people shine on the record. The best thing she could've done as an actress-turned-singer is make sure it didn't become another product she's trying to sell.

Kudos for NOT being so self-absorbed that the whole point of making an album is thrown in the back seat, as it is with so many others.

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But the result is, it seems, that she's a bit player.

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