Scarlett Johansson

'Anywhere I Lay My Head'

Bombshell actress coos coyly behind hipster sound sculptor.

Spin Rating5 of 10

Beyond the fact that her voice is deep enough for her to front Crash Test Dummies, there's nothing particularly compelling about Scarlett Johansson's singing: As one scene in Lost in Translation confirmed, she's about as capable as a karaoke enthusiast needs to be. Fortunately, on this collection of Tom Waits covers (plus one original), her vocals are buried deep beneath TV on the Radio guitarist/producer Dave Sitek's mountain of reverbed space-gospel noise. Opener "Fawn" is, in fact, an instrumental. Not your typical Hollywood vanity project.

By Mikael Wood

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