There’s a mysterious and charming quality to the group’s debut album — it somehow feels simultaneously familiar and brand-new. And almost all of the credit goes to Deschanel and her wonderful voice.
I wonder if Deschanel is so appealing to me because I am familiar with her as an actress. I’ve always been drawn to her literally wide-eyed presence, her winning combination of guile and innocence. I find her to be a very honest performer… she sort of looks right through you.
And her singing works the same way. She’s earnest, open and seems utterly apart from the sort of packaging that comes with music industry stardom. Of course, that appearance could be a package of its own, but I’ll save that debate for another time.
This song, ‘Change is Hard,’ is a straight-forward country heartache ballad that really lets Deschanel shine. Over shuffling drums and a plaintive slide guitar she does her best Patsy Cline, delivering a tune that should feel out of place on a 2007 indie pop release. Not this one.