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Scarlett Johansson’s Supergroup Debut ‘Candy’

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson has really faith in her music career and you may wonder why… it’s not as if her album of Tom Waits cover and her Serge Gainsbourg tribute album were big successes! Honestly, I didn’t care enough to even give a listen. But this time Scarlett has hired the big guns for her big dance debut: She has formed a supergroup called the Singles, with Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Julia Haltigan and Kendra Morris… all I can say is, this Haim girl once again? 

‘The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls,’ Johansson says in a press release. ‘I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go’s. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.’

Their debut single, called ‘Candy’, was produced by another big name, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and the synth-heavy track is effectively a straightforward disco dance floor, with sugary vocals… that’s a real departure from Waits for sure. I kind of like the abrasive start but the rest of the song is just… whatever. I probably am the wrong person to judge such a thing since I always think the same thing about these dance numbers, they are highly repetitive and redundant, totally forgettable and disposable. Haven’t we heard this simple beat and these synth swirls since the 80s? At least, she says it’s a bit on the ironic side but she can’t even save the song with the lyrics… Her voice sounded a hundred times more human in the movie ‘Her’.

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