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Break Up

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

Break Up

Actress and country/rock singer-songwriter get together for concept album on break-ups

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  1. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Her Tom Waits covers set, was no disgrace and here she's the Nancy Sinatra to singer-songwriter Pete Yorn's Lee Hazlewood on his song cycle detailing a relationship's final throe
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  2. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Johansson has yet to fully find her own voice, and instead employs a smoky Winehouse twang, but it meshes nicely with Yorn's laid-back drawl and breathy falsetto
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  3. 6.0 |   The Times

    Ranging from romantic optimism to tearful bitterness, Yorn’s boy-girl duets are solid but sometimes generic
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  4. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    As a duets album, it’s a non-starter, but Johansson truly shines
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  5. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Break Up's nine songs have plenty of sweet harmonies, but there's just no sexual chemistry between these two friends
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  6. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Maybe next time, Scarlett won’t be so hung-up on impressing her critics, but until then, we’re left with merely a promising artist who hasn’t yet taken full advantage of her potential.
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  7. 4.7 |   Pitchfork

    Rarely has the tunes or emotional impact to make it one of those rare impossible situations you'll actually want to remember. Breaking up shouldn't be this hard to do.
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  8. 4.0 |   Mojo

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  9. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Pete Yorn is a good songwriter who has enjoyed cult-level success, but his work is done no favours by Johansson’s singing voice
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  10. 4.0 |   The Sunday Times

    Immediacy is favoured over depth, so that, however likeable, the album seems lightweight, if lovely
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  11. 4.0 |   Q

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  12. 2.0 |   Uncut

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