Zooey’s achingly beautiful voice bursts in with “Sentimental Heart”, which builds from a simple retro influenced melody into an orchestral crescendo of strings, percussion, and female vocals. The catchier numbers “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”, “This Is Not a Test”, “I Was Made For You”, and “Sweet Darlin'” slide fully into girl pop history.
It’s the slower songs that truly show off the rich tone and near perfect pitch of Zooey’s voice, such as the mellow Dusty Springfield twang of “Change is Hard” and the soft Margo Guyran echo of “I Thought I Saw Your Face Today”. The choicest cuts are the exquisitely melodic “Take it Back” and “Got Me”, which sounds like a Patsy Cline tune.
Ward joins her for a soulful acoustic duet of “You Really Got a Hold On Me” and the languid hula “I Should Have Known Better”.
I will be absolutely shocked if this album isn’t on my best of 2008 list.
She & Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here (mp3 removed)