Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Break Up

September 17, 2009

breakupModeled after the Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot collaborations of the 60’s, Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s Break Up is a concept album that “re-enacts the tempestuous course of a love affair on the rocks.” It’s neither particularly high minded nor is it marked by overreaching by the artists: It’s really just a very good collection of pop songs with a mostly 70’s country rock bent and distinctly modern, lush production values. Johansson’s voice is sometimes borderline thin, but Yorn’s done a good job writing for her here, and mostly their vocals together shine. The album is also short and sweet at 9 tracks and just under 30 minutes, Yorn and Johansson erring on the side of not enough rather than too much. Recommended for their fans, and fans of easygoing “adult alternative” fare as well as country rock flavored indie pop. Standout cuts: “Relator,” “Wear And Tear,” “Blackie’s Dead” and “Clean.”


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