Anywhere I Lay My Head
Released: May 2008
Johansson's first offering as a vocalist is so high in concept and crowded with contributors (Bowie guests, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek produces) that it's hard to get a sense for the starlet herself as she mopes in the corner under spacey organ and big atmospheres, borrowing the confidence of Nico on off-kilter arrangements of Tom Waits. It's a compelling result, sure to rankle ardent fans of Waits ("I Don't Wanna Grow Up") and yield curious rewards ("Falling Down"). The only tune she cowrote, "Song For Jo," like the LP surrounding it, is stylish enough, but not all that memorable.