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Volume Two

March 23, 2010

$9.49
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Thieves
4:07
2
In the Sun
2:50
3
Don't Look Back
3:23
4
Ridin' In My Car
3:15
5
Lingering Still
3:02
6
Me and You
3:19
7
Gonna Get Along Without You Now
2:31
8
Home
4:41
9
I'm Gonna Make It Better
3:31
10
Sing
3:13
11
Over It Over Again
3:29
12
Brand New Shoes
3:04
13
If You Can't Sleep
2:48

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 43:13
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003BXMHWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,902 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She & Him - Volume Two 7/10 March 23, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Volume Two is about as appropriate a title as one could hope for from Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's second collaborative effort. It's simple, it's straightforward, and it's without a doubt true: where 2008's Volume One was the first example of She & Him's sun-kissed brand of `60s girl-group pop and singer-songwriter folk pastiche, Volume Two is, uh, the second. Volume One consisted of thirteen tracks, three of those covers; Volume Two consists of thirteen songs as well, but ups the ante with only two covers. M. Ward makes only the occasional vocal contribution, preparing to work the production behind the scenes and let his vintage guitar do the talking, as he did on Volume One. Hell, even the album art is eerily similar, with that same slightly creepy faceless girl and a different color scheme. And Zooey is, well, still Zooey, never falling prey to the conceit of oversinging and using that lovely, country-inflected alto to melt Ben Gibbard's heart. In short, it's the same She & Him those who enjoyed Volume One fell in love with, and it's the same She & Him that bored many to tears.

Is this a bad thing? Every listener will have a different opinion, but what it really comes down to is how you like your pop music, and whether you were really expecting any stretches in musical boundaries for Ward and Deschanel. To begin with, She & Him were never a revolutionary idea, merely two friends recalling the sounds of their youth and recreating them with the kind of steady hand and fine point that love and care brings along. They accomplished that effortlessly on their debut, and the results are more or less the same here. "In The Sun" is the same kind of guaranteed hit single (if one lived in the `60s) that "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Him & Her, He & I, Us & Them March 23, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Rating-wise, I'm with customer Klapper on this one - 3 & 1/2 stars for Zoey & Matt's 2nd release(or "7/10," as he put it). It's a seamless continuation of what the duo did on Volume One, the same style (a throwback to the 50s and 60s), with a child-like simplicity to the melodies, but all very sweet and cheery. M Ward has designed lush backdrops for Ms Deschanel's wistful singing, full of strings, pedal steel, pillowy backing vocals, etc. As for Zoey's singing, she's got a soft touch reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra or Astrud Gilberto. (Again, we're back in the mid 20th Century.) As a songwriter, she has described her creative impulses as being present for many years, the songs just pouring out of her. She writes pretty songs that are light and breezy, but they're also relatively low-impact, forgettable tunes - about two or three tiers below the hit-making songwriting examples she emulates (King & Goffin, Mann & Weil, etc.). In other words, I might find myself vaguely humming bits of one or two of these songs, but I won't know WHAT I'm humming. Overall, Volume One AND Volume Two are both very pleasant listening, but more as background music than as engrossing or involving songs.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Volume Two: Imperfect but Indelible March 23, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Volume Two stars our same beloved team, actress Zooey Deschanel and acoustic guitar virtuoso M. Ward.-- Only this time, they're accompanied by a newfound sense of critical anticipation and expectation. Volume One, the duo's debut release, was the 2008 indie favorite, and only two years later, the they're back in the game with thirteen new tracks.

The album definitely has a familiar vibe; somewhere between Beach Boys and Beatles territory, leaving room only for Deschanel's charming vocal prowess and M. Ward's endlessly creative musical understanding. First single "In the Sun" is a respectable starting point for a new listener-- Simple and catchy in tune, and quirky and cute in lyric. The two also tackle a few classic covers (NRBQ's "Ridin' in My Car" and Skeeter Davis's "Gonna Get Along Without You Now"), and these are wonderful renditions that a new set of ears would find appealing.

Other original, Deschanel-penned tunes stand out as well; the sunny, schoolgirl-esque "Lingering Still," the heartbreakingly intimate "Thieves," and the melodically and lyrically clever "Brand New Shoes." In comparison to Volume One material, these songs aren't revolutionary, but they are still very strong tunes that benefit from repeat listens.

A very small few of the tracks, however, have a few itches left unscratched. Pieces like "Over It Over Again" and "Home" are decent tunes, but lack either a boost in lyrical creativity or melodic progression, respectively. "Don't Look Back" also takes a few listens to crack-- The piano arrangement is an obvious recreation of the legendary "In My Life" (Lennon/McCartney) composition, and the chorus melody is borderline repetitive. These small misses, though, do little to weigh the album down as a whole.

Overall, M.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sing Zooey Sing... March 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've been really resistant to the She & Him project. Why? Here's Why: Ever since Zooey sang so sweetly while showering in Elf, I knew a recording contract was heading her way. I just didn't know if I'd be interested when she put her clothes on. I waited until volume two to give She & Him (Matt Ward) a fair shake. I'm glad I came on board. The record is a pleasant mixture of sixties sunshine pop, Nashville country/folk and Girl band harmonizing bliss.

Talented singer/songwriter/producer Ward stays in the background allowing Ms. Deschanel to put his shine to shame (sorry bout stealing a Belle and Sebastian lyric; it fit so well.) Zooey, as other reviewers have mentioned, has a soft shimmering vocal style reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra. Ward adds layers of smart musical values and vocal harmonizing producing enough happy moments to enhance one's mood and outlook. Like the glimmer of light on a small stream, the music here is pretty but not deep.

The obvious highlights include the first single, In the Sun and the equally infectious Over it Over Again. I actually prefer the quieter Nashville/folk influenced moments presented in songs like Me & You and Sing.

With the weather getting warmer and car tops going down, She & Him provide a perfect soundtrack for spring and the rapidly approaching heat waves of summer. In these tough economic times there's nothing wrong with finding the simpler pleasures in life and enjoying them. Add She & Him to your list of inexpensive yet effective ways to put a smile on your face.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars She & Him Volume 2
Have volumes 1, 3 and now volume 1 completes the set. Volume 2 is just as good as the other two albums and I'm looking forward to any new releases.
Published 2 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
this is very nice and different music - I'm impressed that all selections are written and performed by the artist.
Published 3 months ago by rebonline44
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Me Smile
She & Him has a distinctive sound that just makes me smile and feel good. I love listening to this music.
Published 5 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars So awesome!
I absolutely love this album! Don't Look Back has to be my favorite song on it, but the whole album is really worth a listen.
Published 8 months ago by Jean Youngberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great melodic album better than expected
Loved it. I got the most recent album and wanted to hear an earlier one and was pleasantly surprised by how good it is.
Published 8 months ago by Hyram
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Zooey Daeschanel is wonderful on this CD. I first heard her on Sirius/XM singing "Gonna get Along Without You Now" and it reminded me of the ballads of the 1960's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicest indie music
Perhaps finding Zooey Deschanel an ode to beauty makes me biased, not as objective as I should, nonetheless, I find She & Him's "oldies" music feel really nice.
Published 9 months ago by Juan Solorzano
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a surprise
Never really heard of this group before but---I"M OLD! Heard them on TV and liked them Immediately, bought it and it constantly plays,,so Upbeat.
Published 9 months ago by pman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Downloaded it to my computer and had no problems. Good sound quality and I love the album. Excellent mix of She & Him's unique style, I can listen to this album forever! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carolyn Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars the best music!!
amazing!!! absolutely amazing music and melody!!!
5 stars!!! The best music in today's industry that only cares about the Kardashians and not the quality of music....
Published 10 months ago by bluray2009
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