Review: Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’: Aidin Vaziri | Anyone who saw Scarlett Johansson slaughter “Brass in Pocket” in the karaoke-bar scene in “Lost in Translation” might think this is just another stupid actor vanity project. But with her sepia-toned album of Tom Waits covers, “Anywhere I Lay My Head,” the 24-year-old film star defies some pretty big odds. It’s not just good but at points remarkably captivating, conjuring the despondent beauty of classic 4AD acts like This Mortal Coil and Pale Saints. Accepting that she’s not going to shatter any goblets, Johansson throws what little voice she has – think Nico – into the arms of producer Dave Sitek, who adds Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and David Bowie into the mix while building dark little masterpieces out of songs like “Town With No Cheer” and “Falling Down.”

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