12 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Riding high with her own TV show (The New Girl), Zooey Deschanel and her musical foil M. Ward put together this likable album of holiday fare. It captures a sweet, retro feel; what’s Christmas but a chance to wax nostalgic for the wonders of childhood and Christmases past? The easeful arrangements bring out the best in classic Christmas tunes such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “The Christmas Song.” Guitars, ukulele, occasional keyboards, and sweet vocal ensembles (shining on “Christmas Day” and “Christmas Wish”) make this a laidback celebration, designed to be played as lights blink and eggnog is sipped. The copyright date may be 2011, but this is more in line with classic holiday albums from the ‘50s through the early ‘70s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Riding high with her own TV show (The New Girl), Zooey Deschanel and her musical foil M. Ward put together this likable album of holiday fare. It captures a sweet, retro feel; what’s Christmas but a chance to wax nostalgic for the wonders of childhood and Christmases past? The easeful arrangements bring out the best in classic Christmas tunes such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “The Christmas Song.” Guitars, ukulele, occasional keyboards, and sweet vocal ensembles (shining on “Christmas Day” and “Christmas Wish”) make this a laidback celebration, designed to be played as lights blink and eggnog is sipped. The copyright date may be 2011, but this is more in line with classic holiday albums from the ‘50s through the early ‘70s.

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