April 12, 2012


Scarlett Johansson, Massive Attack Team Up to Cover Gershwin

Michael Buckner
Michael Buckner

Actress/singer/Woody Allen muse Scarlett Johansson recently teamed up with Massive Attack's 3D to deliver a washed out cover of George Gershwin's "Summertime" for the soundtrack to a Mexican thriller called Days of Grace. That's normal. Why wouldn't ScarJo and half of Massive Attack be hanging around waiting to do a song for a film Variety called an "ultraviolent, loco crime epic"?

Musically, this song is exactly as weird as you'd expect from an actress whose debut album was comprised entirely of Tom Waits covers. Johansson croons about rich daddies and good lookin' mammas while the Massive Attack DJ provides her with an ominous, reverb-y trip hop soundscape. 

For someone who doesn't have a great voice, ScarJo actually does a great job with this—her phrasing and tone make the latest version of this endlessly covered song unique enough to reward repeated listens.

Listen to it below and tell us what you think.