Music Reviews

posted: February 13, 2009

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Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I lay my Head Anywhere I lay my Head

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Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I lay my Head

I’m not the first to say this, and I probably won’t be the last, but this one really blows. I really hate it when big bucks movie stars get top shelf records produced because of their star power, when perfectly good musicians are starving. (Don’t get me started on rock stars that can’t act, either) When my pal Terry gave me this CD and told me to give it a chance, I did that because he has great taste in music.

Sorry bud, I can’t go there. While Marc begged me to take it out of my car CD player after 15 seconds, I listened to the whole damn thing. The sad thing is that the musicians on this record are quite good and the recording is awfully good. If Anywhere I lay my Head only had a good singer.

This record is a compilation of Tom Waits songs and I can’t understand why someone would go here for their record debut. It comes off kind of like Julee Cruise on Quaaludes. It’s like that feeling you get if you’ve ever heard a crappy garage band try to cover Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd, you just feel really sorry for them. Good thing Ms. Scarlett pulls down about 10 million a movie.

–Jeff Dorgay