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Editor’s Pick #164: Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn’s “Relator” by carlywolkoff
Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn release 2006 recording of "Relator," which will be featured on their upcoming LP

Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn release 2006 recording of "Relator," to be featured on their upcoming album

PREVIEW: Download Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn’s “Relator” MP3
WATCH: Video below the cut

Zooey Deschanel x Amy Winehouse + Shania Twain = Scarlett Johannson. Throw in Pete Yorn with his typical unrealistic sappy ex-boyfriend vibe. No, this is not the script for the weirdest porno ever, but the formula for Scarlett Johannson and Pete Yorn’s “Relator” song and music video. Somehow it works.

The project was inspired by the Brigitte Bardot/Serge Gainsbourg duets. Considering these French nymphomaniacs produced a song (although this version was never actually released) so erotic the Vatican denounced it, the similarities between the originators and their less-believable imposters are few.

However, if you ignore the clearly contrived decision to hide the less hot of the two behind sunglasses and a crafty use of blurring, you can detect some traces of chemistry between Scarlett and Pete. I don’t mean as a couple, but more importantly, they complement each other vocally. And the outcome is as bouncy and inoffensive as you’d expect of this collaboration.

As for starlet-turned-wannabe-songstress Scarlett, this is a little less Lost in Translation and way more The Nanny Diaries. The cutesy duet idea is hardly groundbreaking musically, and at times Scarlett’s voice sounds a bit strained, but the entertainment factor is undeniable (I and many others did enjoy The Nanny Diaries, whoops). And for those of you who liked that chick-lit trash turned movie, too, this corny duo will be coming out with the Break Up full-length to be released on September 8th.

— Carly Wolkoff, Managing Editor


u are way too snarky for your own good. the record is great tho.

Comment by karen ohhhface

I felt it was appropriately snarky. The concept is pretty corny, regardless of the quality of the songs.

Comment by vilbobag

Thank you so much for the first graph, I LOLed a lot.

Comment by caitlindewey

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