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PostSubject: Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics   Wed May 21, 2008 9:27 pm

Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics
05/20/2008 6:00 PM, Reuters
Steve Gorman

Actress Scarlett Johansson's latest film work may be getting the red carpet treatment at Cannes, but her debut album, released on Tuesday, is drawing fire from music critics.

"Anywhere I Lay My Head," a collection of Tom Waits songs recorded by the star of such films as "Match Point," "Lost in Translation" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring," has been described by the actress as "an intimate experience."

But numerous reviews of the album complained that Johansson's vocals end up lost in the lush arrangements of producer David Andrew Sitek, the guitarist and keyboardist for the indie rock band TV on the Radio.

For some critics, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

"Johansson's voice is unremarkable and her pitch sometimes unsteady; she's a faintly goth Marilyn Manson lost in a sonic fog," wrote Rolling Stone magazine, which gave her a lukewarm 2.5 stars out of five.

Britain's Mojo magazine called the recordings "fussy and forgettable," adding that the decision to begin the album with an instrumental was hardly a vote of confidence in Johansson's vocal abilities.

The disc received a middling "C" grade from Entertainment Weekly magazine, which wrote that her "expressionless voice" was buried "deeply in the druggy ambiance."

And the Washington Post said it was possible to listen to all 40-plus minutes of Johansson's album and "still have no earthly idea what she sounds like."

"The album is ultimately too ethereal for its own good," the Post said. "Every song is like every other song, even the ones that sound different."

The Rhino Records album consists of 11 tracks, all covers of Waits songs except for one original piece co-written by Johansson and Sitek. Two cuts feature David Bowie on backing vocals. The video for the first single, "Falling Down," was directed by Oscar-nominated "Capote" filmmaker Bennett Miller.

Johansson's latest film, Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," premiered at the Cannes film festival in France on Saturday. The 23-year-old actress, who did not attend the festival, plays a lovelorn American tourist in Spain.

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PostSubject: Re: Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics   Wed May 21, 2008 9:41 pm

Boring, boring, boring.
The songs are boring, the video is boring, she even looks bored with it.

Still it's refreshing to see an actor try and do "real" music rather than pop "look at me I can sing and dance and work a pole" music.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics   Wed May 21, 2008 9:46 pm

Either you got fired or you stayed up and watched the soccer and now you don't want to go to work.

Admit it.

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PostSubject: Re: Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics   Wed May 21, 2008 9:48 pm

I got two weeks off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Woooh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics   Wed May 21, 2008 9:57 pm

How'd you score that?


(Scarlett Johansson's album is obviously so dull it's more interesting to discuss Schmiggens' work schedule).

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PostSubject: Re: Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics   Wed May 21, 2008 10:06 pm

I have like 8 weeks holidays owed and we're supposed to only accumulate a max of four, so I had to take some.

Also I'm still pushing for my pay-rise so it's a chance for them to see that I basically run the office and they're going to go ass up for two weeks while I'm away. So far it's been 3 days without me and it's already falling apart.

That said, it's not going to be fun to go back after 2 weeks and have 2 weeks worth of shit to fix up.
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PostSubject: Re: Scarlett Johansson's album debut panned by critics   Wed May 21, 2008 10:12 pm

You'll be able to handle it. If it's too much work to fix up, just go on another 2 week holiday.

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