The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Dou­ble Six What’s im­me­di­ately strik­ing about M Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s third al­bum is that they even man­aged to get a third al­bum out. En­sur­ing both par­ties are in the same place at the same time must tax the pa­tience of their re­spec­tive sched­ulers. What’s also strik­ing is that Vol­ume 3 is prob­a­bly the most co­he­sive and con­vinc­ing of their col­lab­o­ra­tions to date, the pair sound­ing far more com­fort­able as part­ners than pre­vi­ously. The col­lec­tive fond­ness for 1950s pop and 1960s girl groups still dic­tates their swing, but songs such as the sassy I’ve Got Your Num­ber, Son and the teary I Could’ve Been Your Girl are more rounded, nu­anced and con­fi­dent than any­thing they’ve writ­ten be­fore. Deschanel is still plun­der­ing the book of whimsy, but Ward’s pro­duc­tion is a much stronger match for her voice and ma­te­rial this time out. she­and­ Down­load: Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me; I’ve Got Your Num­ber, Son

Vol­ume 3

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