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On an album of Tom Waits covers one should rightly expect some derelict bravado and gruff to make it a credible cover album. But when the vocals are delivered by the divine Scarlett Johansson, you’re already treading in different waters. Add music which offers deeply layered and evocative soundscapes from a deft lineup of musicians that includes members of Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, TV on the Radio, and a guest appearance by David Bowie, and you’ve got something altogether different than one would expect on a Tom Waits cover album.
Fans of the old storyteller won’t recognize some of these versions. Instead, at least on a few notable tracks, fans of bands like Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil,and Dead Can Dance will recognize derivative and signature sounds from these mainstays of the venerable bands from the 4AD music label. On this her first musical venture aware from the big screen, Scarlett approaches the art of music by re-envisioning Tom’s old songs with both purpose and pensive respect for the artist she covers.
If you're not a Waits fan, you will probably not like it, either; at least not the lyrics.
It may be fine, mood-setting background music, but ultimately it does feel as if there is no real point to this record.
I think the producers were just trying to do anything humanly possible to try to make this sound good.
Scarlett Johansson not only is a great actress but she also has a great voice and if you're into this kind of music, I totally recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Débora Fernandes de Araújo
She has a nice contralto voice that is a real pleasure to listen to.
I recommend this album quite highly.
I was amazed when i heard ScarJo singing a song that was up for an Oscar this year. What a lovely voice, smooth and sensual. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lady DoodieOh
This is one of my favorite records, and I was very happy that I could get it on vinyl.
It came in quickly, and it was in excellent condition. It sounds great!
I have a wide variety in music i like from the carpenters to rob zombie. This CD has got to be one of the top 5 horrible CDs i have ever listened too. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Monique
The seller did a great job with selling a quality CD and safely packaged for shipping. I really love Scarlett's voice, but the music doesn't showcase it that well. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dont understand all the 1-2 star reviews other than people just picking on an actor making a record. She has a unique voice and covers an interesting artist with a fresh approach. Read morePublished 22 months ago by MoMoPow
I loved this CD, her voice is nice and the music in the background gives a haunting touch of the dark side. Not the usual top 40 which is nice.Published on April 26, 2012 by Peaceful_Inhaler
This album seems too long, probably because the songs are so boring - something that you would here in an elevator or denist office in a foreign country. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by MrsRichels
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This CD is really very disappointing. The singing of Scarlett Johansson and the music don't connect and the latter is even annoying. That Miss Johansson can sing she proved with her version of Gershwin's Summertime on the Unexpected Dreams: Songs From the Stars (Rhino 2006) release. The only nice... Read More
May 18, 2008 by Lebe | See all 4 posts
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The sample's aren't promising. I don't know if it's her singing (which sounds a bit like Sinead 'O Connor) or the production. Waits is a song craftsman and his songs need production to focus on that craft. The samples sound like noisy distortion over Scarlett's singing, which is okay at best. ... Read More
Apr 23, 2008 by Poor Napoleon | See all 25 posts
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au contraire... this might one of the best... you are right about it being more pop than his usual stuff but it truly capturing the essence of pop/punk... the video is pure genius... Ramones cover of this song only makes it all the more endearing... and a perfect fit to their genre... they give... Read More
May 14, 2008 by J. Hanelius | See all 7 posts
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It's true that Nico made the Velvet Underground more popular and accessible, but what about their later releases such as Loaded and White Light/White Heat? People get so caught in the hype of 'Venus in Furs' and 'Heroin' that they fail to credit VU's later releases, which in my opinion, are just... Read More
May 24, 2008 by LL Middle J | See all 6 posts
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It's a Tom Waits song...that should explain a lot. I want to hear the rest of the album. I don't necessarily think she was trying to "sing" in an American Idol sort of way. I think she captured the feel of Falling Down and her version with the new instrumentation is mesmerizing after... Read More
Apr 30, 2008 by Alyssa Cornelius | See all 8 posts