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67 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poignant and sweet, April 28, 2008
This review is from: Volume One (Audio CD)
Let's stop talking about who she is, and let's focus on how she does. Ms. Deschanel does not have a strong voice, but it is sincere and sweet. I've read reviews of their shows, and she can be nervous at the start--likely because she doesn't project that well, but also because these songs are very dear to her. There is no irony here, nothing sardonic--no hiding behind the cool pose. She puts it all out there, as best she can, and it brings back the California/country AM radio of the 1970s. It's very likable, if not too profound or ambitious.
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Initial post: Apr 8, 2009 12:43:16 AM PDT
this was a really good review!

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 2:40:52 PM PDT
The fact is Ms. Deschanel has a very strong voice. I'm still on the fence about buying this because I've heard her work before and this is decidedly a different range for her, carefully composed, sweet and not as directed and powerful in timber as her previous work. Listen to her wok on ELF and you'll see a big difference in her sound.
This is something that's rare these days. It's an album of work as opposed a selection of different songs or standards. The purpose here is make the music quieter and somewhat sweeter and, apparently more pleasing for sedate listening. Based on what passes for popular fare today (too often with thundering bass beats and raucous vocal, or synthetic techno-pop, or boring standards sung or stylized by over-exposed and undertalented "divas") this is an effort to make music that is sweet to the ear, something that lays you down and cools your worried brow. That she's capable of doing this for an entire album, to establish this theme song after song is testimony to her strength and professionalism. She's vocalist of considerable skill, and now range.
I confess, based on the beatings our ears receive on a regular basis, this may be a bit hard for some to accept. Still, I appreciate the courage it took to make this album and release it.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 9:48:43 AM PDT
Zancudo says:
I don't know what you were listening to but she clearly has a nice voice. It isn't opera after all.

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Posted on Nov 21, 2009 4:28:37 PM PST
Great review.

I like the music on the album quite a bit, but the singing is painful in spots. No one giving a serious listen will mistake her for a professional singer. I think some people are a bit too blinded by her quirky beauty to give her voice an honest listen. Still a fun album though.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 3:15:50 PM PDT
She doesn't project that well? Sounds like she projects pretty damn well to me.
http://vimeo.com/13449717
:P
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