Vol­ume One Merge

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

While the his­tory of ac­tors and ac­tresses hav­ing a go at the pop game is not a pleas­ant one, there are oc­ca­sions, such as this re­lease from She & Him, where such trends are bucked. The She in ques­tion is indie ac­tress Zooey Deschanel (Al­most Fa­mous, Weeds) and the Him is noted folky singer-song­writer M Ward. Pitched as a trib­ute to the charm and class of old-school pop and coun­try tunes, Vol­ume One does more than sim­ply pol­ish a few pas­tiches. Deschanel and Ward’s col­lab­o­ra­tions am­plify each other’s strong­est traits, namely the sweetly unas­sum­ing swing of her voice, the per­fect pitch of his ar­range­ments, and the duo’s mas­terly way with a melody. They get it right all the way through, with the un­der­stated drama of Sen­ti­men­tal Heart, the punchy fash­ion of This Is Not a Test and the sassy saun­ter­ing of I Thought I Saw Your Face To­day very much to their credit. www.mys­ she­and­him Down­load tracks: Sen­ti­men­tal Heart, This Is Not a Test

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