those not familiar with She & Him, I must first introduce Zooey Deschanel.
Yes, that Zooey Deschanel who stars in FOX’s New Girl and has been featured in
many Hollywood Movies. Aside from an exciting acting career, she’s also been
putting out records with “Him”. In this case the “Him” is M. Ward, the accomplished
folk-rock musician who’s had a successful solo career.
is the duo’s fourth album (counting “A Very She & Him Christmas”). Its
obvious Deschanel and Ward have a specific formula they use with their songs.
Borrowing from Americana, folk, do-wop, rock and roll, and even some Latin influences.
They are somehow able to blend many different elements, this allows every track
to stand firmly on its own.
has served mainly as an instrumentalist and arranger for She & Him since
their first release back in 2008. Ward is an extremely talented front-man and
soloist, yet he is able to do something that many prominent performers never
allows Deschanel to stand out. Many of the Harmonies and vocals are
sung by Deschanel, M. Ward only contributes when it’s absolutely necessary.
Zooey’s voice is timeless. She would be just as popular if she was putting out
albums for phonograph in 1913 rather than now.
The album as a whole is exactly what you’d expect from She & Him. It’s
smooth, upbeat and poppy (not like a muffin). The groove is something Buddy
Holly would approve. Several slower tracks are spread over the album, but it
never gets dull. There are always catchy hooks and phrases floating around to capture