Sharon Jones

What do She & Him want for Christmas? 'Real instruments' played by humans

What do She & Him want for Christmas? 'Real instruments' played by humans

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...

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