Okay, it's no secret that I have a highly inappropriate crush on Zooey Deschanel. And yes, I like some M. Ward stuff, which includes his work with Deschanel as She and Him.
But their version of Richard and Linda Thompson's brilliant "When I Get to the Border" just flat out sucks.
Not to mention it's all too much of a piece with most of the amateur hour vaguely psychedelic folk-rock crap that's currently fashionable with today's hepsters (I'm talking to you, Fleet Foxes!)
As for Ward's recent take on Buddy Holly's "Rave On," I haven't made up my mind yet.
The whole thing is a little deliberately sub-aquatic for my taste, and it seems to miss the fricking point of the song.
But sweet jeebus, at least it's more listenable than that Thompson cover...