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You know, I like it. It's certainly better then the Paris Hilton shit from a couple years ago, and compared to other celebrity albums, it's not that bad, really.

Here's a video (youtube.com) for the first single (and probably ONLY single, sadly...) from the album. Personally, my favorite song from the album is Anywhere I lay My Head. Her voice really sounds sexy on that one.

She reminds me of Beth Orton or Hope Sandoval.

I'll give it Three Stars out of Five. Give it a listen.

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This is not the most offensive Tom Waits' cover I've heard (I'm looking at you, Rod Stewart) - but, for me, Waits is pretty sacred ground that one should not be covering on a first release - much less as a single.

I'll try to be more open minded her other efforts, but this... not so much.




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First single? Whole album!

It's not as bad as I was fearing and not as good as I was secretly hoping. She's no Zooey Deschanel. But who is?
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I like Tom Waits.

I like Scarlett.

Together, eeeehhh....

There have been so many Tom Waits covers over the years (every season of the Wire, for example) that I've become numb to them.



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I should have known that on this board, someone would beat me to the punch. I've been following the lead-up to this release with much interest, but I've only heard the half of the album that's been available at Click Here (scarlettalbum.com)

    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard

    It's not as bad as I was fearing and not as good as I was secretly hoping.


And that's about the size of it for me, too.

I think Falling Down is the best track I've heard so far, what with the bells, banjo, and Bowie. I've heard all sorts of descriptions of what she sounds like, but to me the treatment Dave Sitek gave her sounds more like Sinead O'Connor after a bender than anything. Not that that's a bad thing. But the buried-in-the-mix reverb-soaked vocals wears after a while.

    Originally posted by Leroy

    This is not the most offensive Tom Waits' cover I've heard (I'm looking at you, Rod Stewart) - but, for me, Waits is pretty sacred ground that one should not be covering on a first release - much less as a single.



I'm not so much on the sacred ground tip anymore; for anyone, really. Maybe to me Stewart's downtown train is painful to listen to, but the majority of the public probably feels the same way about the original. That said, I know people who found Tom through the Stewart cover and that's not a bad thing.

Anyways, Scarlett's album is worth a check whether one is a Tom Waits fan or not. I give her a lot of credit for going for it. I would have liked to hear her do "Never Talk to Strangers" or "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis", but I think she was probably wise to avoid the low-hanging fruit this time. If nothing else, she shows a familiarity with Waits' catalog, especially the post-70s piano bar era, that leads me to believe she really is a fan. This is also easily the most non-lawsuit-related exposure Tom has had in years; handy that it coincides roughly with his summer tour announcement.

(according to various things I've read in the last couple of weeks Waits is apparently pleased both with the attempt and the result, for what it's worth)
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    Originally posted by tarnish
    Anyways, Scarlett's album is worth a check whether one is a Tom Waits fan or not. I give her a lot of credit for going for it. I would have liked to hear her do "Never Talk to Strangers" or "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis", but I think she was probably wise to avoid the low-hanging fruit this time. If nothing else, she shows a familiarity with Waits' catalog, especially the post-70s piano bar era, that leads me to believe she really is a fan. This is also easily the most non-lawsuit-related exposure Tom has had in years; handy that it coincides roughly with his summer tour announcement.


I hear what you are saying. And I should mention that, for many of my close friends, I take this stuff WAY too seriously.

For me, Waits has become part of the contemporary Americana - and I'd happily put others (Jon Spencer, Bad Livers, Captain Beefheart, etc - hell, even Zappa) in that category as well. "Sacred ground" might be a strong term, but, artistically speaking, they are tough acts on which to improve - and, for me, should not be ground that is treaded on lightly.

And I can cite artists covering "sacred ground" successfully - (off the top of my head - Petra Haden covering The Who, The Persuasions covering Frank Zappa) - but two things are normally the case: 1) they have established "cred", and 2) they really showcase the originals in their reinterpretations, rather than using the established work as a platform off which to jump.

My issue with this is song is the single. To me, it screams "take me seriously, I'm covering Waits!" And I'd would have rather had an original be my first exposure to Johansen's work than a song that I already hold in high regard. It's a brave but dangerous play on her part - and it didn't really work for me.




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I would be remiss if I did not make the requisite mention of Jane's insight over at The Monitor (blogs.msg.com).

EDIT: D'oh

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