Saturday, December 27, 2008

Review: She & Him

She & Him
Volume I

I fell in love with Zooey Deschanel the second I heard her sing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” in the movie Elf. Who knew a few years later she’d team up with M. Ward, record a bunch of songs she’d been hiding under her bed and become an indie sensation?

“Volume I” is a strange blend of everything from ‘50s country to ‘70s pop. “I Was Made for You” wouldn’t be out of place on the “Grease” soundtrack, “Got Me” is classic Nashville, and “I Thought I Saw  Your Face Today” is reminiscent of The Carpenters.

Deschanel’s voice is gorgeous, her lyrics are simple, and Ward’s accompaniment is refrained. This album certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s a rare album that may appeal as much to indie hipsters as their great grandmothers.  It's a pleasant enough listen--and will appeal to both indie hipsters and their great grandmothers--but overall, it's just a bit boring for me. Nevertheless, I can't get enough of "Sentimental Heart." 


Ike said...

I know I know... 3 comments on 3 posts.

But did you know Zooey Deschanel is now engaged to Ben Gibbard of Death Cab? I read that today and then read this post coincidentally.

su-tang 3000 said...

I wonder if she read that article he wrote for Paste magazine where he said that no love relationship could ever mean more to him than his music does. Maybe their romance is why he's gotten so skinny...