Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week of May 20th 2008

  • Scarlett Johansson is the latest starlet to put a record out. But unlike the over produced bubble gum pop of her predecessors, Anywhere I Lay My Head is a tender collection of Tom Waits covers. You know the girl’s got it going on when David Sitek from TV On the Radio produces it, Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs plays guitar, and David Bowie sings back-up vocals. Her deep voice is perfect match for the thoughtful tracks and she even wrote one original, “Song for Jo”. While you probably weren’t impressed by her “Brass In Pocket” Pretenders’ cover in Lost in Translation, this disc will definitely live up to her hype. [Amazon.com]
  • Mason Jennings, the music man from Minnesota, has released his sixth album: In the Ever. Recorded on his buddy Jack Johnson’s label, it’s a set of sweet songs about places, personal growth, love and its loss. Sure, he might throw in some stuff about God, but it isn’t gospel. It’s classic American folk à la Cat Stevens. [Amazon.com]
  • If you’re a dancing queen, you can disco down with Donna Summer. The ’70s singer hasn’t had her last dance yet, and after 17 years she’s staging a comeback with her new record Crayons. The album sounds like contemporary R&B and the lyrics are all about how she still works hard for the money, so you might feel the love. [Amazon.com]