Volume One

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  • Summary: Actress Zooey Deschanel teams up with M Ward on this debut album.

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Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
Why do you let me stay here? All by myself Why don't you come and play here! I'm just sitting on the shelf. Why don't you sit right down and stay a... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. The overall effect is an endearing, successful addition to Ward's never-ending quest to assimilate every single populist song form of the 20th century.
  2. Warm and elegant, careful but not calculated, Ward's production stands perfectly alongside his solo releases in terms of sound, style and impact.
  3. Luckily, [the a bland name and album title are] the most awkward things about this surprisingly rewarding collection of dusky, mesquite-flavored torch songs.
  4. There's nothing offensive about anything on Volume One, which, with its catchy melodies, universally appealing lyrics, and mellow production, might just be a hit.
  5. Slight doubts about whether or not Zooey Deschanel is the best person to be singing these songs aside, Volume One is pretty much spot-on.
  6. Volume One ought to provide plenty of replays for fans of either artist.
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    Where the album suffers, however--especially in comparision to the Jenny Lewis record--is the absence of any real lyrical verve or personality. [Aug 2008, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. AshlynS.
    Jun 15, 2008
    10
    A consistently twangy, folky album of this caliber is hard to find these days. I am impressed by the talent heard here.
  2. EvanT.
    Aug 7, 2008
    10
    Incredible debut...looking forward to volume 2!
  3. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    Love this album... it's short, sweet, cheeky and Zooey's cute vocals shines through the fun instrumentation throughout the album. 10/10 andLove this album... it's short, sweet, cheeky and Zooey's cute vocals shines through the fun instrumentation throughout the album. 10/10 and highly recommended! Expand
  4. JoshY.
    Apr 9, 2008
    9
    Pure beauty and art.
  5. Mar 28, 2011
    8
    Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite singers. Her voice is just absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention she's amazingly gorgeous herself. VolumeZooey Deschanel is one of my favorite singers. Her voice is just absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention she's amazingly gorgeous herself. Volume One is quite a great album. Every track sounds great. It has hooky melodies and beautiful choruses. The opener "Sentimental Heart" is the stand out track on this record. The lyrics are folk poetry and it really adds to the quality to this album. All In All, Volume One is a joyous listen. B+ Expand
  6. DanB.
    Apr 16, 2008
    8
    Listened to it about 5 times now and it's lovely. Hints of the Beatles (and I'm not talking about the covers), and 60s (or 50s?) Listened to it about 5 times now and it's lovely. Hints of the Beatles (and I'm not talking about the covers), and 60s (or 50s?) girl bands, and country, wrapped up in some sorta Brooklyn indie pop. Expand
  7. RobR.
    Mar 24, 2008
    2
    Snooze fest.

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