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Volume One

M. Ward, She & HimAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0012IWHQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sentimental Heart
2. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
3. This Is Not A Test
4. Change Is Hard
5. I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
6. Take It Back
7. I Was Made For You
8. You Really Gotta Hold On Me
9. Black Hole
10. Got Me
11. I Should Have Known Better
12. Sweet Darlin'

Editorial Reviews

Some of us first fell in love with Zooey Deschanel's distinctive and charming voice when she crooned, "Baby it’s cold outside," with Will Ferrell in their 2003 movie, Elf. Then, in concert last summer, M.Ward invited Deschanel to the stage, where they effortlessly created the equivalent of musical utopia. In their first recorded collaboration as She & Him, Deschanel and Ward strike the same sincerity with his nostalgic production and her retro resonance. Cover songs such as "You Really Got a Hold on Me," previously performed by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, gain a newfound heartache and undeniable splendor. Bring on Volume 2. --Amanda MacKinnon

Product Description

This is the musical debut from M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, paired together by director Martin Hayens to perform the Richard and Linda Thompson tune "When I Get To The Border" for his film "The Go-Getter". Their match sparked the idea for "Volume One". Limited touring this spring.

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166 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California soul at 33 rpm April 17, 2008
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Zooey Deschanel is definitely a child of California's better nature. On her and M. Ward's first record, she harks back to the golden era of the Golden State, somewhere between Sweetheart of the Rodeo and Heart Like a Wheel, when singer-songwriters from all corners of the US, Canada, and Britain were all in Cali making laid-back, radio-friendly records with a country bent. From the first listen, it's clear how steeped she is in her parents' record collection. (They were both active in Hollywood during that time, so I'm assuming it's their influence. NB - Her father Caleb did the cinematography for A Woman Under the Influence. +1000 Cali points.)

OK, so that might not be everyone's cup of tea. I've seen 1-star reviews on here deriding this record as pedestrian fluff, and fair game, I suppose. A lot of great records are pedestrian fluff by that reckoning. Carole King's Tapestry, for instance, divides a lot of music lovers. Is a record "Easy Listening" just because it's easy to listen to? Some people prefer mutton to lamb because they like to have something to chew on, and who am I to tell them that's wrong?

It's really about what you grew up with. Put on Simon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits in a room full of people and you'll immediately separate the teary-eyed from the disinterested. That's the same kind of reaction this record seems to be generating.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One day, we'll all be cool May 2, 2008
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I agree, it's not exactly re-inventing the wheel but Volume One from She & Him is a solidly enjoyable listen. Zooey Deschanel channels Petula Clark while M. Ward duly fills in the 60s blanks. What's not to like? The production is lovingly detailed, creating cozy spaces for the listener to relax. The opening track, "Sentimental Heart", is a good example. Try listening to it on headphones and you can enjoy the dueling piano and staccato violin that build up to the bright sunshine of the outro. "I Was Made For You" is another highlight, though not wholly original. If you've cruised by an oldies radio station, you'll swear that the drum, guitar riff, and backing vocals have been nicked from somewhere else and you're probably right. But come on, look me in the eye and tell me it doesn't rock, motherf%#!

There are a few covers scattered here and there but Deschanel gets full songwriting credit for the bulk of the songs, which is quite impressive. The songs are thoughtfully constructed, the melodies strong, and the lyrics heartfelt. The only negatives are that Deschanel's vocal range is limited (or perhaps not on display) and she has a goes overboard on belting out certain syllables. Still though, I think pretty much any musician would be envious of Deschanel's singing and songwriting talent.

Lastly, it's nice to see Hollywood types crossing over to the music realm in a non-painful manner (for once). I mean, sweet merciful Allah on a cross! What on earth were you thinking Scarlett Johansson?

P.S. To the reviewer who commented that the vocals sound like she's singing into a toilet: it's called plate reverb.
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poignant and sweet April 28, 2008
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Let's stop talking about who she is, and let's focus on how she does. Ms. Deschanel does not have a strong voice, but it is sincere and sweet. I've read reviews of their shows, and she can be nervous at the start--likely because she doesn't project that well, but also because these songs are very dear to her. There is no irony here, nothing sardonic--no hiding behind the cool pose. She puts it all out there, as best she can, and it brings back the California/country AM radio of the 1970s. It's very likable, if not too profound or ambitious.
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49 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...And She Sings Too! March 18, 2008
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Like most people, the first time that I had my suspicions about actress Zooey Deschanel being a talented vocalist came from that scene in Elf where she sings in the shower as Will Ferrell's character listens. Volume One is not a collection of Christmas Carrols, and Will Ferrell is not the "Him" mentioned in the band - that title goes to the somewhat reputable, M. Ward. Unsurprisingly, the "Him" is pretty deemphasized on the album, letting Zooey shine as a vocalist and a songwriter. The result is a surprisingly solid, moderately impressive debut from a woman that proves that she's more than just a dumb crossover act.

Most of Volume One is filled with songs that throwback to classic pop and country sounds, and all of them are at least partially written by Deschanel, herself. "I Thought I Saw Your Face Today" just makes me think of Zooey singing this song in a long dress through one of those old-timey radio microphones. Sweeping strings and subtle guitars emphasize the right moments, and carefree whistles really add a sense of playfulness that make the song feel more authentic. "Change Is Hard" conveys more of a classic country picture, like the obligatory scene in every music biopic where the artist plays in a radio studio over the air for the first time as stunned personnel look on in awe. Deschanel's lyrics are often a bit simplistic, but Ward, as producer, is able to utilize them in ways that mask their mediocrity.

That's never more apparent than on the album's standout track "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" Zooey sings, "Why do you let me stay here all by myself? Why don't you come and play here? I'm just sitting on the shelf." First off, rhyming "self" with "shelf" is one of the easiest and most-overused schemes in songwriting. It rarely makes any sense, as is the case here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the record!!!
Published 6 days ago by J. Newkerk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album!
Published 8 days ago by george123
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music. Zoey Deschanel is more than a good actor!
Published 14 days ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast service
It's not a used item and works perfectly. It was a request by the wife and when she's happy well, you know the rest.
Published 2 months ago by David Trubey
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Sounds with music that warms your soul
If you can't fall in love with Zooey and her music you are not a human being but a Monster. This album is perfect for listening to on Vinyl, it's made for a time when records were... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sir Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen
This is a really good album. A few of the originals are my favorites as is the Beatles cover. I will be purchasing Volume Two.
Published 5 months ago by April Logue
2.0 out of 5 stars Debut album
I love this lady, but her voice could use more depth. The tone is lovely but the timber seems shallow and the projection is lacking.
Published 6 months ago by X Wing Fighter
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Zoey!
I love Zoey! Her voice is so unique. It is the perfect relaxing and chill music! I would recommend this to anyone! It is different from what you usually hear on the radio now days.
Published 8 months ago by CollegeStudent
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your pair today
They met everything, light weight, foot movement, easy to get on, and no laces to tie. They look sharp and would go with any casual outfit and really be in style!
Published 9 months ago by Okie
5.0 out of 5 stars She & Him Make Beautiful Music
I couldn't wait to hear this album when I learned Zoey was singing. I was not disappointed. This is a beautiful album. She & Him and are now favorites!
Published 9 months ago by Melissa
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Maybe I'm not as discerning a listener as you all, but I find I don't have the time to consume all the great music so many bands I like are putting out. In 2012, Craig Finn's solo album, Clear Heart, Full Eyes, the Heartless Bastards, The Arrow, The Walkmen's Heaven, Murder By Death's Bitter... Read More
Dec 10, 2012 by J. Luiz |  See all 4 posts
I just listened to "Why Do You Let Me Say Here?"
Thank you, this song gives me a much better idea of the album :). She is slated to appear on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight =)
May 1, 2008 by Lycanthropy |  See all 2 posts
if m ward were the beatles
M. Ward is not the Beatles, and this is not a half bad album. It's just a little nostalgic candy.
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