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Scarlett Johansson's Album Might Actually Be Good

Scarlett Johansson's Album Might Actually Be Good

When I first heard that Scarlett Johansson was recording an album of Tom Waits covers, I didn't quite know what to think. Sure, she proved she could sing when she joined Jesus and Mary Chain onstage at Coachella, but Waits's music seemed like an odd — and challenging — choice for the actress.

Now, Pitchfork has revealed some new details about the album, and it actually sounds quite promising. It's being produced by David Sitek of TV on the Radio — a band that knows a thing or two about production — and will feature members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She's been recording in Louisiana, according to the Daily Advertiser newspaper in Lafayette, which reports:

Wal-Mart, margaritas and music was the life for Johansson, who spent 33 days in Maurice recording her debut CD at Dockside Studio. Owned by Steve and Wish Nails, Dockside is a 12-acre recording complex hidden along the Vermilion River. ...

Johansson, star of The Horse Whisperer, Girl with a Pearl Earring and other films, worked from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily in the studio with producer Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Celebration also performed on the recordings, which Steve Nails describes as cinematic rock.

"It's like theater, big screen," said Nails, who sat in on all the sessions. "Lots of heavy bass tones in it."

Wow, apparently Scarlett is even hipper than I thought. What do you guys think? Would you buy her album?


cnyc1a cnyc1a 9 years
I read on stereogum that a lot of Tom Waitts fans were actually happy with the way it sounded. Her voice sort of reminds me of the girls who sing for the Cocteau Twins. It's deep and not what I expected but I can't say I don't like it. Yeah I will buy it same reason why I bought the Carla Bruni album.
Mockinbird80 Mockinbird80 9 years
I would definitely buy this (I think so) beautiful album, because I like Scarlett's voice very much! It's an difficult theme, actually - "Tom Waits", the so called "Comedy Underdog" - But, I'm sure Scarlett will sing his songs in a divine way. Ahhh, she's so sweet when she's singin'!
colieoats colieoats 9 years
Interesting....we shall see, I suppose.
ralenth ralenth 9 years
I'll listen to it, but I don't think I will buy it.
a2bwagner a2bwagner 9 years
i would definately have to hear it first before i bought it. i think dating JT probably made her want to do. i dunno, it may be interesting. people have surprised me before.
Grace957 Grace957 10 years
hrmmm. might be interesting...
Nouveau-Jackie-O Nouveau-Jackie-O 10 years
Wow, she was recording so close to my hometown. Maurice is a hole in the wall. I had no idea they had a recording studio out there. It figures, now that I've moved out of Louisiana Hollywood decides to invade *pout*.
talloolah talloolah 10 years
i wouldnt buy it. i dont disgree with her recording an album, but i am getting annoying at actresses turned singers and vice versa.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
Exactly PinkLipstick!!!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
ahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah NO!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
i'm not a tom waits fan, so this doesn't exactly make me want to run out and buy it immediately. if i heard a song on the radio or online somewhere and i liked it, MAYBE.
LoveStoned LoveStoned 10 years
Like when singers try to act, Scarlett should be able to try singing. I'll give it a chance.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
While I generally feel that actors/actresses and singers/musicians should stick with their forte, I think Scarlett is wise about her decisions choosing scripts and I don't see her doing anything that would endanger her acting career (like launching a CD if she can't sing) so I am interested in hearing this.
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
wow, this is all news to me. apparently i don't spend enough of my working hours on celebrity gossip sites . . . anyway, i won't run out and buy it, but if i hear it and/or somebody recommends it to me, i'll probably burn it from someone.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i don't personally care for her as an actress but i may check it out.
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 10 years
I was worried about the market flooding with these Lindsay Lohan-type-lipsynchers. Hope Scarlett is good, and changes the tide!
i_love_miu i_love_miu 10 years
this sounds really interesting, I love Tv on the Radio. Scarlett seems smarter than most other actresses that have attempted to become singers, and she's probably just doing it because she can
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I'll listen to it.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
Phil Phil 10 years
I'd buy it if it were good. Although, I'd be much more interested in a album full of karaoke'd songs done with Bill Murray!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I'm really looking forward to checking it out! And, I don't blame people who try to cross lines. If I had a chance to record an album - regardless of my day job - or act in a movie - regardless of my day job - I'd jump at it!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Like others, I definitely will listen to this, but doubt that I would actually own it.
trinitycip trinitycip 10 years
same as figurine... i'll listen to it online or if someone else owns it, but i wouldn't get it myself.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
While I'm not saying she isn't talented as a singer, I'm just so sick of actresses who can sing thinking that they HAVE to record an album. The same goes for singers thinking that they HAVE to act.
figurine figurine 10 years
I wouldn't buy her album, but I'm definitely interested in listening to it.
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