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Break Up

Pete Yorn, Scarlett Johansson, Pete Yorn/Scarlett JohanssonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B002AOWXO0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Relator
2. Wear And Tear
3. I Don't Know What To Do
4. Search Your Heart
5. Blackie's Dead
6. I Am The Cosmos
7. Shampoo
8. Clean
9. Someday

Editorial Reviews

2009 collaboration between the singer/songwriter and actress/vocalist. Includes eight original compositions by Pete/Scarlett in the spirit of Serge Gainsbourg's recording with Brigitte Bardot. The album re-enacts the tempestuous course of a love affair on the rocks. The album had its genesis in the aftermath of a breakup in 2006. After Yorn was unable to sleep for a week, he finally dozed off, only to wake with a start just minutes later. What had awakened him was a dream. "I sat up in bed, and the whole thing was in my head, fully formed," Yorn says, sounding as if he still doesn't quite believe it. "I suddenly felt like I really needed to make a record in the style of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot. Not that it had to sound like that, but it had to be a guy-and-girl conceptual thing. So then I asked myself, 'Who's Brigitte Bardot today? It's Scarlett Johansson.'" Featuring an interpretation of the classic 'I Am the Cosmos' by the late Chris Bell co-founder of Big Star.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking Awesome! October 19, 2009
By BTrain
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Ok, admittedly this music is very mellow and is stuff you might put on a playlist with a name like "Alone in the Dark," "Struck Out at the Bar Last Night" or "Just Got Dumped." For the kind of music it is I think this CD (or whatever you call a group of songs these days) is great. The only songs I don't really like too much are the "Blackie's Dead" songs since they don't quite seem to fit with the rest of the music for some reason. Song like "I am the Cosmos" are awesome though.

When I originally bought this I had some trepidation about Scarlett Johansen and her vocals on these tracks but they blend very well with the type of music it is. Her voice is much better than I expected but she still doesn't show that she has a very powerful voice like a Broadway singer or anything but, the cool thing, is that she didn't need to on any of these songs and for what she needed to do her voice worked very well.

Check out the songs and grab it you feel like you need some new kind of mellow music and don't be afraid of an actress trying to sing in this case.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised! September 16, 2009
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I was a bit skeptical after reading some of the reviews on here and because I had never heard Scarlett J. sing before. Wow! I was thoroughly and pleasantly surprised. She can sing and the entire album was a breath of fresh air. Give a listen to the samples before listening to the haters (i.e. judge for yourself!).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laid-Back Charms September 15, 2009
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"Break-Up" is an album it's tempting to make excuses for in advance. Recorded over three days ("casual") back in 2006 ("not rushed to market") and now appearing in the shadow of Zooey Deschanel's and M. Ward's She & Him: Volume One ("not as good as...").

Plus, it's a "concept album." Another danger sign.

Still, I took the plunge. This album is my first investment in the music of Pete Yorn, but my second in Scarlett Johansson's musical career. Her 2008 release of Tom Waits covers "Anywhere I Lay My Head" didn't rack up a whole lot of plays on my iPod. But the song "Falling Down" is definitely worth a download (at the very least, check out the video with its Salman Rushdie cameo). Johansson's vocals got mostly lost in her Dave Sitek-produced debut. Here, they more than hold their own, with a bluesy delivery that works well against Yorn's laid-back vocals.

Yorn is said to have been inspired by the Serge Gainsbourg-Brigitte Bardot "Bonnie & Clyde" collaboration of the 1960s. And he seems to have found lyrical inspiration in the songs of the past, too, with many of the lyrics seemingly plucked from a familiar pop-heartbreak grab-bag.

If nothing else, perhaps Scarlett Johansson will do for Pete Yorn musically what she did for Woody Allen at the movies - attract some broader interest to help perk up his career. Which is maybe why the album is being taken off the shelf right now. Ultimately, as it tracks the course of a relationship, the album doesn't quite live up to its early, enthusiastic excitement ("Relator").

But there's no need to make excuses: "Break Up" is an album of considerable charms.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... Short and quirky October 3, 2009
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2009 is proving to be a busy year for Pete Yorn, with the release of not one but two CDs in a matter of months: "Back and Fourth" was his 4th proper solo album, and now comes this duet album with none other than Scarlett Johansson. First things first: this album was recorded in 2006, yes, three years ago. No explanation has been offered why this has been sitting on the shelves for three solid years.

As to the album itself, "Break Up" (9 tracks; 29 min.) brings a collection of musical collages supposedly depicting a break up. Not that you can really pick that up from simply listening to the album. The opener "Relator" is the most mainstream-sounding song on here, with an easy upbeat rythm to it, and Pete and Scarlett truly dueting. After that charming opener, the tone of the album becomes much more introverted and reflective. I find the tracks that work best are the ones where Pete and Scarlett truly are collaborating, as opposed to the ones where you can bearly hear Scarlett (such as "Wear and Tear" and the closer "Someday"). On the other hand "I Don't Know What To Do" is a great little gem. My favorite track on this collection is "Shampoo", the perfect mix and interplay between Pete and Scarlett.

But at a mere 29 min., there is simply not enough material here to call this album fully fleshed-out. After repeated listening to the album, it simply feels like a fleeting moment, or an incomplete symphony. Much was made last year about Scarlett's singing capabilities when she released her frist solo album (recorded much later than this albu, incidentally). As then, I really find no fault with her singing. In all, for some reason I had huge expectations for this album, and I can't say theu were entirely met. There are nice enough moments on here, but just not enough of them. And did I mention that this collection lasts all of 29 minutes?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, fun album September 16, 2009
By Slu
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I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this, as I was not familiar with the music of Scarlett Johansson or Pete Yorn. Well I am glad I downloaded it. The songs are very catchy and the voices blend well together. The harmonies are excellent. Scarlett has an excellent voice. The songs are 60s style pop, but with modern production so they don't sound dated at all. Overall, this is a fun album to listen to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Its more about the nostalgia it brings...and I have loved Pete Yorn for 10+ years he's an amazing artist and Scarlett compliments him well here.
Published 4 months ago by Jessica
1.0 out of 5 stars lame
some of the most lame little ditties I ever heard. not much of interest here. some nice guitar work on Clean. But really disappointing stuff here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars break up
nice cd, love the voices together, it is a nice cd to put in my car while driving around town
Published 12 months ago by sue simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Pretty impressed with the collaborative effort; lots of good tracks and you can tell that there is a chemistry between the artists that translates to their music.
Published 13 months ago by Albert S Dethlefsen
5.0 out of 5 stars good
very satisfied with the shipment... enjoying the record so much... the packaging is very good and i received the shipment earlier than i expected..
Published 13 months ago by d koswara
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a snippet of Johanssen/ update
For God's sake, let the girl sing! From the little I heard, she has a great raspy,husky quality to her voice. Someone please offer a forum where we can hear her. Read more
Published 13 months ago by New Orleans gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, sultry, groovy - My new favorite album
I first heard Scarlett singing during the closing credits of the documentary Chasing Ice. I was blown away by the sexy raspy quality of her voice, and immediately came to Amazon to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. E. Dulany
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
This album is basically a duet between the guy and girl in a break up..not only is it good music in general, but it really is good to listen to through a rough break up (been... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ABigFan
2.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett Johansson ruined this album
I love Pete Yorn. I buy everything he puts out without even listening to it first. I did the same thing here and what a disappointment. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Hewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good!
I put this album on when I was working on my garage over the Labor Day weekend, and I loved it. Pete and Scarlet's voices are a perfect foil to one another, and it never feels... Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Andrew Brandt
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