Break Up (album)

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Break Up
Studio album by Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
Recorded2006-2009
GenrePop, Folk, Alternative
Length28:55
LabelAtco/Rhino
ProducerSunny Levine
Scarlett Johansson chronology
Anywhere I Lay My Head
(2008)
Break Up
(2009)
Pete Yorn chronology
Back and Fourth
(2009)
Break Up
(2009)
Pete Yorn
(2010)
 
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Break Up
Studio album by Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
Recorded2006-2009
GenrePop, Folk, Alternative
Length28:55
LabelAtco/Rhino
ProducerSunny Levine
Scarlett Johansson chronology
Anywhere I Lay My Head
(2008)
Break Up
(2009)
Pete Yorn chronology
Back and Fourth
(2009)
Break Up
(2009)
Pete Yorn
(2010)

Break Up is a collaborative album between Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson. The first single, "Relator" was released as a digital download on 25 May 2009. The full album was released by Atco/Rhino on 15 September 2009.[1] Pete's brother Rick Yorn is Scarlett's manager.[2]

Contents

Production

The album was recorded in 2006, thus preceding several albums that Yorn and Johansson have released as solo artists.[3] Johansson completed her vocals for the project in two afternoon sessions.[4]

Yorn said that the concept for the album was realized in a dream he had. The project was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's 1967 and 1968 albums with Brigitte Bardot.[5]

Johansson spoke about the project recently; "The idea of two people vocalizing their relationship through duets...I always thought of it as just a small project between friends. It perfectly captured where I was in my life at the time".[6]

Promotion

In a recent interview Yorn stated that he would like to do some live shows with Johansson to promote the album. On September 10, 2009, Johansson and Yorn performed "Relator" on the French television show Le Grand Journal. It was Johansson's first live performance on television.

The duo stop by the village for a live session of KCRW days before its transmission on Wednesday October 7 and besides and interview where they talk about past, present and future projects, they performed the single "Relator" along with "Blackie's Dead", "Search Your Heart", "Shampoo" and a cover of The Kinks' "Stop Your Sobbing".[7]

They also stated that they would like to tour, but because the short time the songs give them to perform (around 29 minutes), they would like to turn the concert into a dinner if there's the demand for them to tour.[8]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The A.V. ClubC+[9]
Allmusic3/5 stars[10]
BBC(average)[11]
CHARTattack2.5/5 stars[12]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[13]
The Independent(positive)[14]
Now Magazine3/5 stars[15]
Paste(positive)[16]
Pitchfork Media(4.7/10)[17]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[18]

The album was rated 57/100 among professional music critics at metacritic website indicating a mixed or average review.[19]

Formats and track listings

Standard edition

All songs written and composed by Pete Yorn, except where noted. 

No.TitleLength
1."Relator"  2:33
2."Wear and Tear"  3:22
3."I Don't Know What to Do"  3:29
4."Search Your Heart"  3:01
5."Blackie's Dead"  2:37
6."I Am the Cosmos" (Chris Bell)2:47
7."Shampoo"  3:05
8."Clean"  3:48
9."Someday"  4:17

French special edition

CD 2 includes live versions recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles on October 7, 2009. Originally broadcasted on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley.

This enhanced CD also includes Relator video.

No.TitleLength
1."Relator"  2:36
2."Blackie's Dead"  2:38
3."I Don't Know What to Do"  3:30
4."Search Your Heart"  3:03
5."Shampoo"  3:08
6."Stop Your Sobbin'"  2:38
7."Relator" (video)2:33

Sales chart performance

Album
Chart (2009)Peak
Position
French Albums Chart18
The Billboard 20041
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)45
Swiss Albums Chart58
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)78
UK Albums Chart[20]160
Singles
YearSingleChartPeak Position
2009"Relator"Swiss Singles Chart#57
2009"Relator"Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)#10
2009"Relator"UK Singles Chart[20]#189

References

  1. ^ http://www.thebreakupalbum.com/
  2. ^ Shprintz, Janet (2006-10-16). "Pact mentality - Entertainment News, Barnes, Morris, Klein, Mark, Yorn, Barnes & Levine 10th Anniversary, Media". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117952003.html?categoryid=2293&cs=1. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  3. ^ Scarlett Johansson, Pete Yorn album on the way NME. 23 May 2009
  4. ^ Listen as Yorn, Johansson 'Break Up' USA Today. 21 May 2009
  5. ^ Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn to Break Up The Guardian. 26 May 2009
  6. ^ Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn 'Break Up' Parade. 27 May 2009
  7. ^ KCRW'S Music News KCRW Music News
  8. ^ "Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn Live at KCRW on Morning Becomes Eclectic 10.07.09". Kcrw.com. http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb091007scarlett_johansson_a?searchterm=scarlett+johansson. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  9. ^ Martins, Chris (2009-09-15). "The A.V. Club review". Avclub.com. http://www.avclub.com/articles/pete-yorn-scarlett-johansson-break-up,32784/. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  10. ^ Allmusic review
  11. ^ "BBC review". Bbc.co.uk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/56xm. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  12. ^ CHARTattack review[dead link]
  13. ^ Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt (2009-09-02). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20302008,00.html. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  14. ^ Reviewed by Simon Price (2009-09-06). "The Independent review". Independent.co.uk. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-pete-yorn---scarlett-johansson-break-up-atcorhino-1782678.html. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  15. ^ Now Magazine review
  16. ^ Girouard, James. "Paste review". Pastemagazine.com. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/09/pete-yorn-scarlett-johansson-break-up.html. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  17. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Pitchfork.com. 2009-09-11. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13415-break-up/. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  18. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Rollingstone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/29924382/review/29951389/break_up. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  19. ^ Johansson Break Up by Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson Metacritic. Retrieved on 8 October 2009
  20. ^ a b http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK2009.HTM

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