PETE YORN & SCAR­LETT JO­HANS­SON Break Up

Atco/Warner Mu­sic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews Shuffle - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

God, it must be great be­ing Scar­lett Jo­hans­son; it seems she only has to click her fin­gers and she is on the re­ceiv­ing end of of­fers from the likes of TV On The Ra­dio’s Dave Sitek and Tom Waits – and now Pete Yorn – to mess around in a stu­dio and come up with some­thing that ap­proaches con­tem­po­rary pop/rock/in­die mu­sic. The record­ing of Break Up might pre­date Jo­hans­son’s truly dread­ful solo al­bum ( Any­where I

Lay My Head) of last year, but that doesn’t make it any the more lis­ten­able. Yes, Pete Yorn is a good song­writer who has en­joyed cult-level suc­cess, but his work is done no favours by Jo­hans­son’s singing voice, which is so self-con­sciously low-key, it’s dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine whether she’s bored, ex­hausted or just pass­ing the time un­til her next act­ing role. Add in a point­less cover of Big Star’s I Am

the Cos­mos, and you’ve got a record that was surely re­leased on the back of Jo­hans­son’s movie-star sta­tus. www.the­breaku­pal­bum.com

“It’s dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine whether Jo­hans­son’s bored, ex­hausted or just pass­ing the time un­til her next act­ing role”

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