Ever since that wonderful bathroom scene in “Elf” (our family’s favorite Christmas movie), I’ve been waiting for this album to arrive. Although “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is on there, it is a different arrangement than the movie (which makes sense, I just enjoy the movie’s version so very much) where M. Ward does lead vocals leaving Zooey Deschanel to do backup/echo. Deschanel does lead a majority of the songs, with her amazing voice that makes you think “Yeah, I guess I could like classic music…” All-in-all I like its indie, almost old-time country inspiration. They do a fantastic job keeping their timeless feel without losing their unique easy-going sound.
DISCLAIMER: If Zooey Deschanel just sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on every track of this album I’d probably have an equally excited review. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good (it really is good), just that I think she’s swell, and I’m befuddled by her in every way! And if by some crazy, once-in-a-lifetime chance she reads this, even if this album sucked huge balls, I wouldn’t say it because I just want to be friends with her.