For a good year or two, Zooey Deschanel was one of the most polarizing names in pop culture. She can still induce a good argument or two (Zooey > Emily), but now it's more of a battle than an all-out war. That's what starring in one of TV's best sitcoms, New Girl, will do for you. The Fox sitcom airs its season finale next week, but Zooey's also making the publicity rounds this week for another project, She & Him, her band with M. Ward.
Today, She & Him released their third album, Volume 3, and it's by far their best. It's catchy and wistful, seductive and innocent, if ultimately lightweight. Zooey's voice isn't a stunner, as anyone who's seen ANY of her movies (minus The Happening, which damn) already knows, but there's enough charisma and genuine emotion in it to disregard the imperfections. Having the technically impressive M. Ward, who provides Volume 3's eyes-wide-open pop-folk sound, around helps, too. It's the billowing vintage dress of albums.
In honor of Volume 3, let's take a look at Zooey's long musical history, be it in movies, TV, or albums.