I thought Scarlett Johansson was just nice to look at, but apparently she can also carry a tune. Her debut album, Anywhere I Lay My Head , is due out May 20th. It was recorded at Dockside Studio in Louisiana's Cajun country and features her interpretations of ten songs by legendary singer-songwriter Tom Waits.
There is also an original track on the CD, Song For Jo, which Johansson co-wrote with David Andrew Sitek, who produced the album and lent his instrumental skills throughout. David Bowie adds backing vocals on two tracks, Falling Down and Fannin Street, and the disc also features the talents of Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and multi-instrumentalist Sean Antanaitis from Celebration, among others.
I’ve listen to most of the cuts from the CD via Amazon, but I’ll reserve final judgment until I’ve had the chance to listen to the actual CD several times. From what I can tell right now, the production is good, but I’m not sure Johansson’s singing will ever be more than a hobby for her – I might pay to WATCH her sing, but I’m not sure I’d pay to HEAR her sing.
On the other hand, Johansson has a cut of Summertime available on Rhapsody:
It's from a compilation CD Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars . It’s not good enough to replace Renee Olstead in my heart, but I still enjoyed it better than the cuts I listened to from her CD.