13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second collection from the unlikely dynamic duo of actress Zooey Deschanel and indie-rock sensation M. Ward continues in the mode of the first volume with Deschanel’s girl-group pop voice being framed as if she were starring in a Phil Spector-produced musical. It’s an odd sensation where the sound deliberately dates itself back to the early ‘60s yet sounds inscrutably timeless as the handclaps and vocal interplay suggest a love for pop music that can’t be easily dismissed. The nuggets are everywhere. “Don’t Look Back” is a humorous poke at their own nostalgic tendencies as you can practically hear Deschanel blowing up her bouffant hairdo as the song crescendos. Their cover of NRBQ’s “Ridin’ In My Car” recasts the tune as a sultry Parisian rainy-day pop tune. “Home” sashays with a beautifully decorative and descending vocal line. “I’m Gonna Make It Better” bounces with a playful ebullience. Quite simply, an album of great fun.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second collection from the unlikely dynamic duo of actress Zooey Deschanel and indie-rock sensation M. Ward continues in the mode of the first volume with Deschanel’s girl-group pop voice being framed as if she were starring in a Phil Spector-produced musical. It’s an odd sensation where the sound deliberately dates itself back to the early ‘60s yet sounds inscrutably timeless as the handclaps and vocal interplay suggest a love for pop music that can’t be easily dismissed. The nuggets are everywhere. “Don’t Look Back” is a humorous poke at their own nostalgic tendencies as you can practically hear Deschanel blowing up her bouffant hairdo as the song crescendos. Their cover of NRBQ’s “Ridin’ In My Car” recasts the tune as a sultry Parisian rainy-day pop tune. “Home” sashays with a beautifully decorative and descending vocal line. “I’m Gonna Make It Better” bounces with a playful ebullience. Quite simply, an album of great fun.

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