M. Ward recently told the New York Times:
As long as people are listening to the songs first and not getting too caught up with who is making the songs, I’m happy.
Agreed, and the surprisingly good Volume One would probably benefit from that. But when Him is Matt Ward, and She is the undeniable Zooey Deschanel, and you show up to Conan with Yo La Tengo as your backing band, it’s tough not to get “too caught up” in the credits. So, it’s the “kill ‘em with cred” strategy, and ultimately it’s worth it: Zooey’s impressed with her first record, singing and writing wise. She picked a guy to produce who clearly understands who she is. So the record’s a hit, now it’s time for the live show.
Georgia, Ira, and James are in their element. Hot licks, Matt. Hot everything, Zooey. For keeps:
Volume One is out via Merge.