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SHE & HIM

Clas­sics ★★★

Columbia

M Ward and Zooey Deschanel are no stranger to cov­ers, hav­ing taken on the odd fa­mous tune in their time. Their fifth is al­bum com­posed en­tirely of other peo­ples’ songs, span­ning most of the 20th cen­tury and recorded live with a 20-piece orches­tra. Most are dis­tinctly Bacharachesque, from the lush sweep of Johnny Mathis’s It’s Not for Me to Say to the sul­try, sexy Teach Me Tonight. Less re­liant on or­ches­tra­tion but no less swoon­some are ver­sions of Elvis Costello’s She, Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again and a hym­nal take on Un­chained

Melody. Th­ese songs are clas­sics for a rea­son, and the duo are wise not to tam­per too ec­cen­tri­cally with the ar­range­ment. The re­sult is a sweet, sump­tu­ous trib­ute to some re­mark­able song­writ­ers. she­and­him.com

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