Brea Souders
Chris Willman
May 16, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Anywhere I Lay My Head

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Scarlett Johansson
genre
Pop

We gave it a C

Anywhere I Lay My Head, actress Scarlett Johansson‘s debut CD, is an extravagant act of camouflage: a covers album where the interesting objective of reimagining Tom Waits songs with Arcade Fire-type soundscapes plays second fiddle to disguising her expressionless voice. With her low monotone, ScarJo aims for Nico but comes off like Sinéad on sopors — never more so than on the zombielike ”I Don’t Wanna Grow Up.” In burying Johansson’s vocals so deeply in the druggy ambiance, producer David Andrew Sitek (of TV on the Radio) means well but ends up obscuring Waits’ great tunes. C
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