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Volume Two
Studio album by She & Him
Released March 17, 2010 (JP)
March 23, 2010 (US)
April 5, 2010 (UK)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Indie pop, Indie folk
Label P-Vine Records (JP)
Merge Records (US)
Double Six Records (UK)
Producer M. Ward
Professional reviews
She & Him chronology
Volume One
(2008)
Volume Two
(2010)


Volume Two is the second album by She & Him, a collaboration between M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel. It is scheduled for release on March 17, 2010 by P-Vine Records in Japan,[1] March 23, 2010 by Merge Records in US,[2] and on April 5, 2010 by Double Six Records in UK. [3]

The album's track listing was announced on December 8, 2009.[2][3][4][5] "In the Sun" was published online by Pitchfork Media on January 22, 2010[6] and was released as a single with "I Can Hear Music"[2][7] on February 23, 2010.[8] A video of "In the Sun" was released on March 9, 2010.[9]

On 9 February 2010, She & Him were interviewed on BBC 6 Music and performed "Thieves" and "Gonna Get Along without You Now" from the not-yet-released album.[10] Two versions of the song "Thieves" were made available on-line. One was that played for the BBC interview[11] and two weeks later Stereogum premiered the studio version from the album.[12] On 14 March 2010, the entire album became available for streaming on NPR's website. [13]

Contents

Critical Reception

Stephen Thompson writes in NPR First Listen, "[Volume one] isn't exactly dragging listeners through a complex emotional hellride. It's more confection than confessional, but it's a kind-natured one; the audio equivalent of a spring breeze that wafts in at a perfect time."[14]

Rob Dixon comments in inthenews.co.uk, "For a partnership which many may not see as the most obvious, it works brilliantly well. Over the course of the 13 tracks there are a number of gems, while all of the songs are expertly crafted by Deschanel and effortlessly captured by Ward...The covers are also dealt with expertly and fit the overall mood of the album, which has a glistening summery – and occasionally jaunty – feel to it. The sweetness might not be to everyone's taste though, particularly as on initial listens some tracks can appear somewhat samey."[15]

Melissa Maerz writes in Spin Magazine, "fans of '70s AM Gold will sip this stuff down like so much well-aged chardonnay. Buffeted by Ward's pillowy acoustic strums, Deschanel is a convincing soft-rock goddess, conjuring Linda Ronstadt on the country shuffle 'Thieves' and Skeeter Davis on a cover of 'Gonna Get Along Without You.' She lays down the lullaby 'If You Can't Sleep' with a voice as clear and rosy as stained glass."[16]

Track listing

All songs written by Zooey Deschanel, except where noted.

Track Title Length
1. "Thieves"   4:08
2. "In the Sun"   2:51
3. "Don't Look Back"   3:23
4. "Ridin' in My Car" (NRBQ cover)"   3:15
5. "Lingering Still"   3:02
6. "Me and You"   3:20
7. "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" (Skeeter Davis cover)"   2:32
8. "Home"   4:41
9. "I'm Gonna Make It Better"   3:32
10. "Sing"   3:14
11. "Over It Over Again"   3:30
12. "Brand New Shoes"   3:05
13. "If You Can't Sleep"   2:49
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Singles

  • "In the Sun" (February 23, 2010)[6]

Personnel

Performance

  • Zooey Deschanel - Vocals, piano[17]
  • M. Ward - Guitar, vocals, mandolin, vibes, synthesizer, piano
  • Mike Coykendall - Bass, vocals, guitar
  • Scott McPherson - Drums, percussion
  • Mike Mogis - Percussion, synthesizer, mandolin
  • Paul Brainard - Pedal steel guitar
  • Tom Hagerman - Strings
  • Peter Broderick - Strings
  • Amanda Lawrence - Strings
  • Tilly and the Wall - backing vocals on "In the Sun"

Production

  • Mike Coykendall - Engineering, mixing
  • Mike Mogis - Engineering, mixing
  • Kendra Lynn - Engineering
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • Kate Quinby - Artwork

References

External links


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