Change is Hard
Label: Merge Records
Though fans of Him will flock to this debut, it is She who earns the spotlight: Zooey Deschanel wrote most of the songs and sings them all. Her girl-next-door vibrato and Ward's country inclination lend the album the lilt of a Crystal Gayle demo, with highlights in "This Is Not a Test" and "Change Is Hard." The covers toward the end -- chestnuts like Smokey's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" and a Hawaiian rendering of the Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better" -- offer campy rewards.