After sensational trial, Johnny Depp releases an album

Fresh off his highly publicized, controversial defamation suit, actor Johnny Depp sought to

show his creative career was back on track Friday, releasing an album with English rocker Jeff Beck.

The 13-track album "18" on which Depp sings and plays guitar features mainly covers, and so far it has been critically panned.

It's a record unlikely to figure prominently in the repertoire of Beck, the 78-year-old former member of The Yardbirds.

The album includes renditions of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and John Lennon's

"Isolation," as well as the Velvet Underground classic "Venus In Furs."

The choice to include a song focused on sadomasochism might seem bizarre to some, given

the ultra-mediatized trial centered on alleged domestic abuse between Depp and his ex-wife

Amber Heard, the actor best known for her role in "Aquaman.