Zooey Deschanel has been slammed in some parts of the media for her delivery of the US national anthem at the 4th game in the World Series last night.

Rumoured to have been given the gig due to her new sitcom ‘The New Girl‘ airing on Fox, the same network that broadcasts the World Series, Deschanel was criticised for her restrained and relatively introspective delivery of the ‘star spangled banner’.  It was like getting Cat Power in to do the gig.  Or Scarlett Johanssen, if ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head‘ was anything to go by.  I personally think it’s a great vocal performance, and in an era of cheesy, OTT music-synching and saccharine ‘tension building’ poppycock, Deschanel’s performance was a nice slice of genuine emotion.  A reflection of citizenship more than the Broadway-esque version that you’d usually expect.

Anyway, see for yourself in the video after the jump.

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