13 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While filming 2007’s The Go-Getter, actress Zooey Deschanel was teamed up with folk bard M. Ward on a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson’s “When I Get To The Border.” The uncanny chemistry quickly prompted the duo to hash out some tunes that Deschanel had penned in private for her own catharsis — many of which turned up here in She & Him’s 2008 debut album. Her pretty voice breaks open Volume One with crisp cadence and lilting beauty as “Sentimental Heart” sets the tone with the kind of demure flirtations that fuel the fantasies of indie rock boys worldwide. The sunny folk-pop of “This Is Not a Test” reveals Deschanel can also sing self-harmonies that resonate with feel-good Golden State vibes not heard since Call and Response’s eponymous 2001 debut. Ward’s dusty vocal texture compliments Deschanel’s bashful inflections on the twangy “Change Is Hard.” And the endearing covers of Smokey Robinson’s “You Really Got a Hold On Me” and the Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better” only sweeten the deal. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

While filming 2007’s The Go-Getter, actress Zooey Deschanel was teamed up with folk bard M. Ward on a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson’s “When I Get To The Border.” The uncanny chemistry quickly prompted the duo to hash out some tunes that Deschanel had penned in private for her own catharsis — many of which turned up here in She & Him’s 2008 debut album. Her pretty voice breaks open Volume One with crisp cadence and lilting beauty as “Sentimental Heart” sets the tone with the kind of demure flirtations that fuel the fantasies of indie rock boys worldwide. The sunny folk-pop of “This Is Not a Test” reveals Deschanel can also sing self-harmonies that resonate with feel-good Golden State vibes not heard since Call and Response’s eponymous 2001 debut. Ward’s dusty vocal texture compliments Deschanel’s bashful inflections on the twangy “Change Is Hard.” And the endearing covers of Smokey Robinson’s “You Really Got a Hold On Me” and the Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better” only sweeten the deal. 

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