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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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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
And I am so glad she picked tom instead of Dylan's songs to butcher.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Good grief, it is so mechanically enhanced she sounds like a robot. Ugh, pick a medium starlets.
chickn14 chickn14 9 years
I'm sad for her. Great actress - good ... try??? ... at something new??? It's kind of like Nancy Sinatra meets Enya... and not in a happy place... (and my hubby thinks that's a polite review)
Mockinbird80 Mockinbird80 9 years
Yeh, what a strange depth. She should try to sing some soul, jazz or whatever in a higher female pitch. Tom Waits is hardly the right stuff for her to sing, even if he's one of her dads (hm?), god bless him & all her dads, so on. Altogether she's really a splendid specimen of a young woman who's got an almost wise sounding voice, for example when I listen to her singin' "Summertime". But fundamentally her album's somehow spicy & at least a seemly competent diversion. It's alright. God bless America - oh, & Scarlett Johansson!
Saritad Saritad 9 years
Yikes! Who the hell is Tom Waits? He is a HUGE musically influence for tons of people. He has been around for years. He concerts sell out in a matter of minutes. He is not everyone's cup of tea but instead of asking who he is maybe you should go look into yourself. That's what I do when I don't know something. We learn something new everyday, right?
LuxuryAddict LuxuryAddict 9 years
I saw Scarlet Johansson's music video and it was pretty boring...
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Oops! I meant to post my remark under the 04/24/08 write up!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I'm not very impressed. I went to the album site & under the music link you can listen to samples of all eleven songs. It's strange to say, but if I didn't know any better, I would have thought I was listening to a different sample of the same song each time. Not to into that deep low voice thing she has going on, no matter who she is supposed to sound like.
Underdog Underdog 9 years
I listened to that song on Youtube and I Like It, I didn't know she can actually Sing, that's better then Lindsay and Paris.
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
I didn't get to listen. It was down already, but I don't care for her acting already or her supposed sexpot status, so I am going to assume I don't like her music. yea, pretty much.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
She just has a low voice - she doesn't sound like a man. I think Cher has an even deeper, masculine voice and look how well she did! I can't even really tell if she's a good singer or not, because they threw on so much junk over it. Whenever a producer does that, I think it's very tell-tale of his/her lack of confidence in the singer's ability. I'll bet that if we all had better reactions to the song, they wouldn't have asked you to take it down, Buzz. :oy:
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Why the hell would anyone do an entire album of covers. Im confused And who the hell is Tom Waits?
bolangirl bolangirl 9 years
she cant sang
elizabee123 elizabee123 9 years
BAD. I'd rather to listen to Heidi Montag.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Not a big fan of this version; I wanted to like it, but it just didn't work for me.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
WHAT? that's scarlett? she sounds like a man. a man. a man.
spyfive spyfive 9 years
ew. awful. i think youre right on with the "annie lennox minus emotion" description.
killitded83 killitded83 9 years
wow, this can not be a girl. its ok, but i cant get over how NOT like a girl it sounds. i agree with theperfectscore, she should stick to the mediocre acting.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Ouch. The production is really bad. I'll stick with the Tom Waits version.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
she needs to stick to her mediocre acting...
wren1 wren1 9 years
I don't think her voice is that good.
avneetks avneetks 9 years
My first reaction was "This is a women singing? Seriously? It IS possible to sing low without sounding masculine, ScarJo." But as the song goes on, I can stand it. I'd never buy the album itself, but I do agree with the comment that it belongs on a soundtrack. It has great ambiance.
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
I didn't like the idea of Scarlet doing an album... but I actually like the song. It sounds kinda cool. I could totally see it being used on a movie soundtrack, which is fitting. I've never heard the original, going to go have a listen now, thanks Whiplashgirlchild.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
If i heard that song on the radio i would quickly turn it off, but because its scarlet I listened to it all the way, its only sorta good because i like her, I am thinking "aw poor scarjo is really trying" but than i think "why is she trying, when she clearly is out of her element" So in conclusion, it isnt good.
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 9 years
Hmm... Don't like it.
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