Scarlett Johansson releases a Tom Waits cover album

Uncut.co.uk – News

This is not a typo. Scarlett Johannson, the actress and commonly voted one of the world’s most beautiful women, has just released an album.

Her upcoming album, Anywhere I lay my head, is a cover album of Tom Waits songs. That in itself deserves a little bit of respect. All too often we’ve seen celebrities try to release albums and quite often, they’re terrible. But this may be the exception to the rule because, believe it or not, the reviews of her album have actually been pretty good.

Not only has she chosen an unbelievably artist to cover, she’s recruited some big names to help her out. David Bowie is going to provide some backing vocals on at least two of her tracks.

That’s right. You may want to read that sentence again. Or here, let me say it again. David Bowie is going to sing backup for Scarlett Johansson’s Tom Waits cover album.

It almost seems like we’ve entered bizarro world, but I’m actually kind of excited for this album. Uncut Magazine has released a review of the album here. Just to give you a taste, here’s what they had to say about one of the tracks on the album.

2. “Town With No Cheer”

(Swordfishtrombones, 1983)

Scarlett privileges the storytelling aspect of Waits’ original, recalling here Marianne Faithfull as she half-sings, half-speaks the lyrics. Waits’ version is pretty sparse – just his voice recounting the lyrics accompanied by keyboard and accordion. Initially, this version doesn’t stray too much from that: the backing is organ, and keyboards with the occasional burst of guitar, but gradually Sitek layers on sax and drums and pushes the organ further up in the mix.

Keep an eye out for this album.

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