According to a press release, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward recorded the album live, “allowing a spontaneity that captured the spirit of the songs in their truest forms.” Ward pieceed together most of the arrangements on Classics with assistance from a a full 20-piece orchestra.
“We are incredibly excited to release a record of our favorite songs,” Deschanel noted in a statement. “It was a dream of ours to record these songs in a way that highlighted the brilliance of the songwriting and the beauty of their melodies. We had a wonderful time making the record and we hope people have a wonderful time listening to it.”
The album marks the duo’s major label debut and first official release for Columbia Records, following their stint at Merge Records. Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
01. Stars Fell On Alabama
02. Oh No, Not My Baby
03. It’s Not For Me To Say
04. Stay Awhile
05. This Girl’s In Love With You
06. Time After Time
08. Teach Me Tonight
09. It’s Always You
10. Unchained Melody (Feat. The Chapin Sisters)
11. I’ll Never Be Free
12. Would You Like To Take A Walk?
13. We’ll Meet Again