Anywhere I Lay My Head

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  • Summary: The debut album by actress Scarlett Johansson was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Scarlett Johansson has proved herself as much a rock queen as a roll queen.
  2. You might wish there was more from Waits' 70s barfly period--what would Johansson have made of Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis?--but it's a measure of this album's surprising allure that you're left wanting more.
  3. There’s no in between for this one; it will go down as one of those love it or hate it records.
  4. Sitek’s technique is, successfully, fascinating and unexpected. But so many purposes and conceits, both avoided and embraced, collide over the course of the album’s eleven tracks that technique simply overwhelms melody and Johansson’s voice both, but mostly whatever it is about the song that Waits nailed to the wall in the first place.
  5. Johansson simply lacks the intensity to stay afloat in Waits's whirlpools of ear-drummed madness.
  6. The album itself is kind of an afterthought; what its creation says metatextually about the artists responsible for it is more interesting than any of the music it contains.
  7. Sitek attempts to do Johansson (and us) a favour by burying her monotonous voice deep in the mix, but unfortunately, the musical support isn’t interesting enough to carry the album. Skip it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. May 4, 2012
    10
    I know most critics aren't fond of this record, but for some reason, this is my favorite album of all times. There's something special aboutI know most critics aren't fond of this record, but for some reason, this is my favorite album of all times. There's something special about every song, and the feeling that I can relate to every bit is incredibly huge. Expand
  2. spiderextreme
    May 22, 2008
    10
    Scarlett is a good singer!!
  3. EricS.
    Aug 12, 2008
    9
    Scarlett's voice just fits. it's not the best album of the year, but it was worth the shot.
  4. Ana
    May 31, 2008
    8
    I really enjoyed this album. There are some highlights, like "Falling Down", "I Wish I Was In New Orleans" and my personal favourite, "Song I really enjoyed this album. There are some highlights, like "Falling Down", "I Wish I Was In New Orleans" and my personal favourite, "Song For Jo", which is the only original song on this album. It's worth to listen to this CD - just for these three tracks. Expand
  5. MichaelH.
    May 21, 2008
    7
    So much better than it should have been in every way. I'm pleasantly surprised to find myself hoping she'll do another album So much better than it should have been in every way. I'm pleasantly surprised to find myself hoping she'll do another album (hopefully with Mr. Sitek, again). Maybe some Bowie tunes next time? Expand
  6. JamalaB.
    May 20, 2008
    3
    This is not Scarlett! This is the producers creating a self-indulgent album. Scarlett has a beautiful voice - but it is drowned in the This is not Scarlett! This is the producers creating a self-indulgent album. Scarlett has a beautiful voice - but it is drowned in the instrumentals. Someone obviously told her to sing that way - there's not an ounce of emotion. Bitterly disappointed, Scarlett ... hopefully next time, you'll sing for yourself. Expand
  7. PaulC
    May 22, 2008
    0
    I couldn't make it past track five. This is some of the worst music I've heard in years. Scarlett's voice is an atonal I couldn't make it past track five. This is some of the worst music I've heard in years. Scarlett's voice is an atonal nightmare. There's no way any legitimate music critic should be giving this mess the kind of scores it's been getting. Absolutely horrible! Expand

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