Saturday, December 06, 2008

Don't ask for silverware, don't ask for nothing

#39) Scarlett Johannsen, "Falling Down"
The thinking man's Pamela Anderson doesn't project or interpret as a singer any more than she does as an actress, which also means she can't kill a Tom Waits cover with thespian reverence. If I hear anything in the vocal, it's a bemused disbelief that she's singing drunk tank schmaltz over 4AD twinkle and the Dave Sitek Gospel Choir. But even if she's tabula rasa, the track's infinitely prettier than the original, on which an elderly Rowlf tries to pass a kidney stone.

#40) 2 Pistols feat. T-Pain, "She Got It"
Promises of sex and merchandise hooked around a T-Pain koan ("I know she got it cause she looking at me like she want it"). I prefer the Polow mix, which trades routine bombast for day spa swank.

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