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Zooey Deschanel's music commentary

Zooey Deschanel’s music commentary — The actress gives her take on tracks from the Smiths, Regina Spektor, and more

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Zooey Deschanel’s music commentary

Have the Moldy Peaches grown stale in your iPod shuffle? Time for another charmingly twee soundtrack! In this year’s answer to Juno, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt explore the thin line between love and hate, all to the strains of indie stalwarts like the Smiths. Deschanel, 29, sounds off on some of the film’s notable tracks, and we shine a light on the albums the songs came from.

Great Song on the Soundtrack…
1. ”There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” The Smiths
”I wouldn’t say I’m their number-one fan, but I’ve always had an appreciation for Morissey’s songwriting and beautiful melodies, and I love the chord progressions.”

2. ”You Make My Dreams” Hall & Oates
”Who doesn’t love Hall & Oates? I mean, I’m sure there are people, but…”

3. ”Quelqu’un m’a dit” Carla Bruni
”This is a new classic. It’s very romantic.”

4. ”Us” Regina Spektor
”I didn’t know a lot of her stuff before. But she’s got a very acrobatic, expressive voice and has a classical quality that is very cinematic.”

5. ”Mushaboom” Feist
”This is a great song. She’s a rock star.”

About the Original Album the Song Is From
1. The U.K. mope-rockers’ classic 1986 disc The Queen Is Dead features more gorgeous angst, including ”Bigmouth Strikes Again.”

2. The 1980 blue-eyed-soul classic Voices also contains ”Kiss on My Last.”

3. The supermodel-turned-French First Lady offers smoky-cool acoustica on her ’03 breakthrough, also called Quelqu’un m’a dit.

4. Before the iPod ads, there was 2004’s sparkling half-originals, half-covers Let It Die.