Remember when Jennifer Lopez was a credible actress? I don’t blame you if you don’t, but for a second there it seemed like a great new actress has arrived on the scene. And then she started singing…and worse…she insisted on dancing too. That was the end of that.
Despite that, here are 3 new albums that will hopefully not ruin their singers’ movie career.
She and Him - Volume One
You may recognize Zooey Deschanel from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or Weeds. 2 years ago she teamed up with indie hero M. Ward for a very effective collaboration. The result, Volume One is quite an impressive album. Deschanel’s vocals along with the sweet 50’s country tinged tunes provide a very enjoyable listen throughout.
She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here
Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I Lay My Head
A vocally challenged singer, an album full of Tom Waits covers, a guest appearance by David Bowie and a kick ass production…this can only happen in the movies, right? Johansson should be applauded for partaking on such a huge challenge. I’d argue that Waits’ vocals and production are what makes his music tick in the first place and really doesn’t need an update. If this album helps spread the Tom Waits gospel to 12 year old girls then I guess it’s done its job. An interesting musical oddity.
Scarlett Johansson - Falling Down
Minnie Driver – Seastories
English born Minnie Driver does Americana better than many of her counterparts across the pond. Her new found credibility on “The Riches” makes it a bit easier to relate to her music. With guest appearances by Ryan Adams and Liz Phair, Seastories has a lot of potential. The result is a bit cheesy, but if your musical taste leans more towards the middle, you’ll find plenty of nice tunes to hang onto. If anything, Driver’s voice is surprisingly good…it’s actually very good. Give it a spin.
Minnie Driver - Cold Dark River
Bonus track – Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Nothing to do with the actress, but with a name like this I figured this Seattle Electro-Pop outfit deserves a little mention….
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head - Me + Yr Daughter
Posted on June 12, 2008