Anywhere I Lay My Head Anywhere I Lay My Head , actress Scarlett Johansson 's debut CD, is an extravagant act of camouflage: a covers album where the interesting objective… Anywhere I Lay My Head Anywhere I Lay My Head , actress Scarlett Johansson 's debut CD, is an extravagant act of camouflage: a covers album where the interesting objective… 2008-05-20 Scarlett Johansson Pop
Music Review

Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008)

Scarlett Johansson | HUSH, HUSH, SWEET SCARLETT ScarJo's low monotone doesn't do the Tom Waits songbook any favors on cover album Anywhere I Lay My Head
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HUSH, HUSH, SWEET SCARLETT ScarJo's low monotone doesn't do the Tom Waits songbook any favors on cover album Anywhere I Lay My Head
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 20, 2008; Lead Performance: Scarlett Johansson; Genre: Pop

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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Originally posted May 16, 2008 Published in issue #992-993 May 23, 2008 Order article reprints