14 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

She is actress and singer Zooey Deschanel. He is indie rock stalwart M. Ward. Together, the duo makes irresistible indie pop: like countrified Dusty Springfield songs with a bit of sweetened Patsy Cline on top. For the pair’s third volume of sun-soaked tunes (there was also a Christmas-themed affair in 2011), Deschanel writes almost every track, while Ward produces and plays an assortment of instruments. Cooing, Beach Boys–inspired vocal harmonies blow the curtains open on Volume 3 as Deschanel pulls the card of a former lover (“I’ve Got Your Number, Son”) and steady piano chords pierce a swirling, Spector-like Wall of Sound. Orchestral flourishes accompany the instantly catchy “Never Wanted Your Love,” and the theme of romance—whether budding or fading—is threaded throughout the collection, as the honey-voiced Deschanel sounds occasionally brokenhearted but resolutely optimistic. A bouncy, playful cover of Blondie’s “Sunday Girl” is particularly great.

EDITORS’ NOTES

She is actress and singer Zooey Deschanel. He is indie rock stalwart M. Ward. Together, the duo makes irresistible indie pop: like countrified Dusty Springfield songs with a bit of sweetened Patsy Cline on top. For the pair’s third volume of sun-soaked tunes (there was also a Christmas-themed affair in 2011), Deschanel writes almost every track, while Ward produces and plays an assortment of instruments. Cooing, Beach Boys–inspired vocal harmonies blow the curtains open on Volume 3 as Deschanel pulls the card of a former lover (“I’ve Got Your Number, Son”) and steady piano chords pierce a swirling, Spector-like Wall of Sound. Orchestral flourishes accompany the instantly catchy “Never Wanted Your Love,” and the theme of romance—whether budding or fading—is threaded throughout the collection, as the honey-voiced Deschanel sounds occasionally brokenhearted but resolutely optimistic. A bouncy, playful cover of Blondie’s “Sunday Girl” is particularly great.

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