I just wanted to take a minute to respond to Rob's She and Him post. I have been a big proponent of M. Ward for a long time now and also, so it would seem, of Zooey Deschanel (I fell in love with her voice in 'Elf' and assumed that she must have been a singer before being an actress but never followed it up). I therefore assumed that Rob was being a wee bit hard on the pretty girl and set out to defend her.
After listening to the album I have to agree that the lyrics are fairly mediocre and sometimes verge on silly. I found Zooey's voice insipid at first (actually skipping the first song) and think that the whole album is sung too high (her voice sounds much fuller and soulful when it's lower - from the little I've heard before). I much prefer the 60's-sounding pop songs to the Patty Cline-esque droners, but then that is just my personal taste (and distaste for anything too country). The duets I like. Period.
The album has come to grow on me - a little. I thought after the first listen that it would have no rotation on my very temperamental iPod but think that I was too quick to judge. It will never be a stand out album but it might just be alright.