Volume One

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
She is actress Zooey Deschanel; Him is alt-singer/songwriter M. Ward. The two met on the set of a movie, found some musical common ground, and began working together. Volume One is the resulting album and it's one of the better albums made recently by a movie star, male or female. Good enough, in fact, that it even heads off the obligatory suspicions that she only got to make a record because she was a Hollywood star. After a few spins of the album, one could make a compelling case that Deschanel could quit her day job, or at least justifiably call herself an actress/musician. The common ground that the duo explores on Volume One is a sweet place where light-'60s pop meets ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
She is actress Zooey Deschanel; Him is alt-singer/songwriter M. Ward. The two met on the set of a movie, found some musical common ground, and began working together. Volume One is the resulting album and it's one of the better albums made recently by a movie star, male or female. Good enough, in fact, that it even heads off the obligatory suspicions that she only got to make a record because she was a Hollywood star. After a few spins of the album, one could make a compelling case that Deschanel could quit her day job, or at least justifiably call herself an actress/musician. The common ground that the duo explores on Volume One is a sweet place where light-'60s pop meets strummy country tunes and candy-coated folk, a mythical meeting place between Sandie Shaw and Tammy Wynette with cameos by Richard & Linda Thompson. Deschanel's songs are simple and sad tales of heartbreak and missed connections, with hooky melodies and not a single artless moment to be found. For sure, there's not a single instance that sounds like she got the gig because of who she is instead of what she can do. Even if her songs were weak, her strong, assured vocals would carry the day. Sweet and rich with no annoying folky warble, she can croon "Take It Back", cry "Sentimental Heart", be playful the bubblegum snappy "I Was Made for You", or just sweep you off your feet with sweetness "Sweet Darlin'," which she co-wrote with another artist who overcomes his Hollywood roots, Jason Schwartzman. As for Ward, he keeps his quirks mostly to himself, providing sympathetic backing unadorned by the kind of tricks and gimmicks that make his own albums slightly uneven. The occasional whistle here or slightly unconventional string arrangement there are the only traces of his usual artistry on Volume One. The rest of the time he and the band which includes the ubiquitous Mike Mogis create a soft, gentle feel equally inspired by the Brill Building and the Countrypolitan sound of Nashville in the late '50s. The only place the album falters is on the two covers the duo attempts. Deschanel doesn't add much to "You Really Got a Hold on Me," and Ward's backing vocals are just the kind of affected, arch singing she avoids elsewhere. Their take on the Beatles' "I Should Have Known Better" is better, but still awfully close to a novelty. The album would have been more successful without both tracks, but even with them, it stands as a nice coming out party for Deschanel. If you run screaming at the thought of singing actresses, give She & Him a chance and they might calm your fears. You may even forget the origins of the singer and simply be charmed by the singing, the songs, and the sounds found on Volume One.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Deschanel and Ward definitely know their mellow. In every song, they sound like they wish they were cruising in their Le Car, hitting the beach at Martha's Vineyard with James and Carly to pound strawberry daiquiris and sing "Mockingbird." 1/2
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855032429
  • Catalog Number: 50324
  • Sales rank: 11,083

Album Credits

Performance Credits
She & Him Primary Artist
M. Ward Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Electric Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Zooey Deschanel Indexed Contributor
Paul Brainard Steel Guitar
Mike Mogis Percussion, Steel Guitar
Adam Selzer Percussion
Rachel Blumberg Percussion
Mike Coykendall Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Bass, Mouth Bass
Tom Hagerman Strings
Zooey Deschanel Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Xylophone
Peter Broderick Strings
Paul Brainerd Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Mike Mogis Engineer
Traditional Composer
M. Ward Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Adam Selzer Engineer
Doug Van Sloun Mastering
Mike Coykendall Engineer
Zooey Deschanel Composer, Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    She And Him

    This CD is great in my opinion. I just love her voice. The first time I heard Zooey Deschanel sing was in the movie "Elf". I looked for a CD at that time and this is the first one I have found. I would definitely buy more of her music.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    i love it

    my family and i lve zoe and hearing her sing these lovely songs in her lilting voice is a bonus!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it

    I got this because of M. Ward and was curious to hear Zooey sing. I wasn't sure what to expect. This has turned out to be one of the best cds I have ever heard. I accepted the fact that its mostly her singing instead of the two of them together because she has an amazing voice. Please buy this, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    I bought this because I loved the sound of Zooey singing in Elf, and couldn't be happier with it! She has the most amazing, unique voice. Highly recomended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What a great voice.

    A beautiful CD from a beautiful woman.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Oh, so sweet...

    ....is the sound of Zooey's voice. An excellent listen.

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