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The Year in Pop

Best Singing Actresses

For all those accustomed to the earache-inducing musical stylings of Bruce Willis and Lindsay Lohan, 2008 brought a pair of welcome surprises: two pretty good albums by actors!

Actor / Singer Zooey Deschanel Scarlett Johansson
Album She & Him Volume One Anywhere I Lay My Head
Cred-lending Colaborator Indie Folkie M. Ward TV on the Radio's David Andrew Sitek
Concept Upbeat country-tinged pop originals decorated with pedal steel and Deschanel's endearingly deadpan vocals. Spacey, futuristically produced Tom Waits covers delivered in Johansson's sonorous baritone
Forgivable Actor - Album Mistake Inexplicable Hawaiian-style version of the Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better". The tuneless "Song For Jo" the album's lone orignal
Highest Achievement The awesome girl-group-inspired "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here." The shoe-gaze-y "Falling Down."

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