It’s not that Zooey Deschanel thinks Mariah Carey’s signature holiday standard is a terrible song.
In truth, it’s just the sound of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — those lacquered synths and booming drums — that turns off the singer and actress best known as the star of the hit Fox sitcom “New Girl.”
“The melody is actually really nice,” Deschanel said on a recent afternoon. “But the production is so slick!”
More important, in her view, the arrangement on Carey’s 1994 recording might be...