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Editor’s Pick #177: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson by JohnCassillo

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson make a surprisingly impressive duo

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson make a surprisingly impressive duo

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson’s “Relator” MP3

No, seriously, you should check out Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johnasson‘s new musical endeavor.

Not because it’s a testament to an actress trying too hard to make money off her name, or because Pete Yorn needs something to do, so it’d be funny to laugh at both of them. On the contrary — their recently-released full-length, Break Up, is a poppy, enjoyable throwback of a record. It’s pleasant, personal and without sounding too much like She & Him, carves its own niche for itself in the small world of actress-songwriter duet projects.

If you enjoyed She & Him’s Volume One, or the inspiration for this project, Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot‘s “Bonnie and Clyde” project, it can only help matters.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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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. Continue reading