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“Volume Two” Is Perfect For You

It’s been a little more than two years to the date since the release of “Volume One,” the obvious first album of the aptly named duo She & Him, consisting of movie star Zooey Deschanel and singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer extraordinaire M. Ward. As you may have guessed, “Volume Two,” their sophomore album, was just released on March 23, and this “Indie Pop”, “Indie Folk”, “Alt-Country” duo has done it again.

Now if you’ve read my bio, you know that I absolutely detest country music, but for some reason I have absolutely fallen in love with every song this band has ever recorded, they can do no wrong. This is the exception to my hatred for the country music genre. 

Their first album was simply amazing featuring a few covers and a few originals. “Volume Two” features thirteen songs, and all but two are written and performed by Deschanel and Ward (“Ridin’ In My Car” and “Gonna Get Along Without You Now”).

If you have never heard of She & Him before I highly suggest listening to their first album before their second so you can get a feel for their sound, which is unique and refined, yet there is a feeling that it was recorded some 50 years ago. They are said to be perfect examples of the Omaha Sound. Zooey has gotten her influence from taking long drives down the California coast listening to Brian Williams and oldies of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. I like to call their sound the “Old California” sound, whereas their friends and guest artist Coconut Records, another California band (Jason Schwartzman) embodies what I like to call the “New California” sound.

I normally like to make recommendations of certain songs to listen to, but this album is amazing from beginning to end, and the two-year wait was completely worth it. So go out today or get on iTunes right now and buy this album, give it a listen, and if whereever you are the weather sucks, these songs will give you a bright and sunny day!

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  • Comment by katy posted March 28, 2010 at 23:19

    wooow super huge girl crush on zd. i’m just waiting for a she & him/death cab collaboration.