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First Listen: Scarlett Johansson, "Anywhere I Lay My Head"

First Listen: Scarlett Johansson, "Anywhere I Lay My Head"

It's been a long wait for ScarJo's album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head and we still have until May 20 for the full album, but today we can at least hear the title track. Apparently, the album's producer Dave Sitek was "going for a 'cough medicine/Tinkerbell' vibe" on the album, which it actually helps to know when listening to "Anywhere."

The song has a dreamy/hazy thing going on, with lots of synth. Scarlett's low voice gets somewhat lost in all the percussive stuff, and I could probably do without the drum machine. Something about this reminds me of Annie Lennox, though I wish Scarlett's vocals would take on some more of Lennox's emotion. Overall, though, I give Scarlett a lot of credit for transforming Waits' song into something totally novel.

Update: Sadly, I had to take down the music file for "Anywhere I Lay My Head."

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