Monday, March 24, 2008

She & Him - Volume One

She (Zooey Deschanel – the actress) & Him (M. Ward) have been garnering a lot of attention lately – at least on my radar screen – but I had, initially, chalked it up to a number of factors: Deschenel's successful acting career with a recent appearance in a Oscar nominated film, a big push from Merge Records, and of course teaming up with the critically acclaimed M.Ward. At any rate, I had ignored the She & Him project for a while fearing that it might come out like the ‘indie’ version of Gwyneth Paltrow’s foray into music (anyone remember 'Duets' with Huey Lewis?). And, well, it probably is, except that M.Ward’s musical arrangements are great and highlight what Deschanel can do when rocking the mic (sorry, today just feels kind of like an inappropriate/awkward slang day). I mean, her lyrics are at best forgettable, and at worst mind-numbingly unoriginal, but the end result (somehow) is an eminently listen-to-able album. Maybe its my huge man-crush on M. Ward talking, but its worth a go-around especially if you’re the kind of person that finds a lot of the music that I talk about weird, or hard to get into.

[mp3]Sentimental Heart
[mp3] This is Not A Test

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