The new She and Him Christmas album is a revelation. A Very She and Him Christmas isn’t another Bieber/ Buble type album, that ultimately feels rushed and made just for commercial kicks. Instead, it is one of their best albums, one that will be brought out again and again every holiday season-by me at least.
They’re relatively unknown in the UK, which is a shame. People over here are more likely to know Zooey Deschanel as the actress in 500 Days of Summer and Elf. It was in Elf that I first noticed Deschanel- not least because she almost outshone Will Ferrell in her scenes. She had the prettiest voice I had heard in a long time. After a repeat on the television last year, I Googled her music on a whim to see if she had released anything. Low and behold I found the She and Him album Volume II. When you first listen to it, you might think you’ve been transported back to the 1950s, where pop songs were wonderfully simple. No backing track on loop, no synthetic voices, no gimmicks. Just good old fashioned music. My personal favourite track from the new Christmas album is ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ not just a straight forward cover, but a re imagining with a country twist. An album of covers, what A Very She and Him Christmas doesn’t do is showcase Deschanel’s beautiful song writing; she co-wrote the Volumes albums with bandmate Matt Ward.
Unlike many critics, I like Volume II more than Volume I, the first album released in 2008. Maybe that’s because it was the first of their albums that I listened to. It isn’t a heart breaking confessional, or even a though provoking commentary, but it’s easy listening that makes you happy- what more can you ask for?
With all the hype surrounding the new John Lewis Christmas advert, I thought it was a shame that all covers of The Smiths ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ were tarnished with the same brush as the choice used by the JL advertising team. From the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, the She and Him version is hauntingly beautiful- and it feels like Deschanel is a Smiths fan as she sings it. It isn’t a sell out because she believes in the words she is singing. It is my favourite of all their songs, and is constantly on repeat on my iTunes.
So I implore anybody and everybody reading this to head over to iTunes and take a look at She and Him. You won’t be disappointed- and if you are, tell me here and I will try my hardest to convince you otherwise!