by WestCoast Weasel WestCoast Weasel
April 2, 2010

It’s rather refreshing picking a band you’ve never heard of—and ending up loving the shit out of it.  Truth be told, that’s a real rarity in my books these days.  It’s too bad, because I spent every year of my adolescence experiencing that very feeling.  I sometimes envy the lovers of the (boring beyond comprehension) indie rock crowd.  There seems to be an endless supply of it and the passion for it is alarming.  Envious?  Bitter?  Glad?  All of the above, somehow.  In fact, it’s the indie in She & Him’s alt-country/indie style that is the only (somewhat) difficult part, personally.   They do make it work though.  So well, it hurts.

The opening track might not break any new ground but revisits a vintage sound so well that I will already say it’s sure to make my top songs list for the year.  “Thieves” steals my heart and makes me want to listen to country music and only country music for the rest of my life.  There, I said it.  It’s Patsy-meets-Orbison.  It’s Mia Wallace-meets-Vincent Vega.  It’s yours to love.

The poppy, keyboard and palm muted guitar driven single “In The Sun” allows Zooey Deschannel (Almost Famous, Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy) to showcase a simple, likable songwriting style though her voice (and what a voice) excels far greater on the more unique, piano heavy “Don’t Look Back.”  She writes the lyrics and the music by Him. Who is he? M. Ward.  Carrying a list of seven solo records in his guitar case and also one of the respected members of Monsters of Folk, there’s no small wonder why he’s able to bring such a compliment to her grace.

The inclusion of two cover tunes, “Ridin’ in My Car” and “Gonna Get Along Without You Now,” fit in seamlessly as if they were their own.  Hear Zooey hum “mmhm” on the latter cut and on her finger is where you’ll be wrapped.  Unwind with some pina coladas, and your favorite hula as the fiddle and twangy guitar pickings conjure up a real Tahiti-styled treat on “Lingering Still.”  Zooey’s sweetness is overly repetitive and saturated with the constant oohs and ahs heard on “Home,” a jangly number about California.

“Talkin’ on the phone, and watchin’ Cribs / He doesn’t know what kinda guy he is.” may not be the album’s strongest lyric, heard in the opening line of “Sing,” but it’s one sure to appeal to a coming-of-age gal, while reminding most of us of said eras of our past.

I long now to hear their debut Volume One, but even with its absence I’m certain this here’s no sophomore slump.  Volume Two has more than enough sweet, some sad, yet hardly any sour.  Combining today’s pristine production values ads just enough varnish to this ol’ antique.  Throw on your best Sunday dress, pretend this is Granny’s old Gramophone and let She & Him both take you home.

Choice cuts: “Thieves”, “Don’t Look Back”, “Lingering Still”, “Gonna Get Along With You Now”

…Weasel Was Here

out of 5 weasels.

Click PLAY for a 30 second free MP3 of each track or the track name for lyrics in a new tab/window

  1. Thieves (FREE full track MP3)
  2. In the Sun (FREE full track MP3)
  3. Don’t Look Back
  4. Ridin’ in My Car
  5. Lingering Still
  6. Me and You
  7. Gonna Get Along Without You Now
  8. Home
  9. I’m Gonna Make It Better
  10. Sing
  11. Over It Over Again
  12. Brand New Shoes
  13. If You Can’t Sleep

Visit She & Him online:  sheandhim.commyspace.com/sheandhim

“Thieves” live

“In The Sun” music video

“Change Is Hard” live on Craig Ferguson from Volume One

Artist on Artist Interview: Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) &  Zoey Deschanel

Never trust a weasel. Support the artist and find out for yourself. WestCoastWeasel.com encourages purchasing Volume Two locally at Red Cat Records in Vancouver, B.C, any independent record store of your choice or online here.

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2 Responses to “Turncoat Turntable 022: She & Him – Volume Two”

  1. roxrolz roxrolz says:

    A beautiful voice to go with a beautiful face but need to be in a special kind of mood to enjoy their style.

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