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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.
The people who rate this a 1 have not heard enough really bad music.
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.
How could she possibly hear the playback of these songs and actually think she sounded good?
I wasn't too impressed. The musicians are definitely talented but I do prefer the original Tom Waits songs.Published 11 days ago by Patrick G.
I love this album. It sounds great on vinyl, the pressing is really well done. I love her voice too and her take on these tracks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob Taylor
She cannot sing. That would be okay if she could emote. I thought she was an actress, but she can't play the part of a singer.Published 5 months ago by Shamus
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 10 months 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 on April 5, 2013 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 on December 7, 2012 by Monique
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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 LLMiddleJ | 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