She and Him's Volume 3 (an album review)

Posted by on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I think that She and Him is one of those polarizing bands; you either love them or hate them. I am in the former group, but I think people sometimes hate them because they get tired of Zooey Deschanel. Homegirl is everywhere.

A friend invited me to one of their shows back in 2008, and I agreed to go because I love M. Ward. I hadn't seen Elf, and I had no idea who Zooey Deschanel was. I listened to a couple of their songs, and bought a ticket last minute for $35. That was probably the most expensive show I had been to at the point with the exception of Warped Tour. Going to see a band you don't know usually kind of stinks, but this show was incredible. It was certainly worth $35. M. Ward is an amazing guitar player, and Zooey has a killer voice. They had 60's style backup singers, and both Ward and Deschanel played a million instruments (including the mouth trumpet).

I fell in love with them after this show. I bought the first album and listened to it non-stop. I was really excited when Volume Two came out. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. The music was still as good as ever, but the lyrics felt kind of flat. I couldn't sense any real emotion behind them, which is what made the first album so good. Don't misunderstand me, though. The album was good, but I just didn't think it was great.

Thankfully, Volume 3 swooped in a couple months ago and saved the day. The emotion is back! After some deliberation, I can even say with confidence that this album is better than their first, and I thought it would be hard to top. The music still has the 60's pop element, but it veers off into different sounds a little bit, so it doesn't feel like the same album they've made twice before. M. Ward's Buddy Holly-influenced guitar is very distinct on this album, and I love that. Nobody else sounds like M. Ward. I kind of felt like he was missing from the last album a little bit.

Some of my favorite songs are "I've Got Your Number, Son," "Never Wanted Your Love," and "Together." Listen to it on Spotify and then go buy it.

One Comment

  1. I had given up on her... but I'll give her one more shot. I agree, loved the first album, not a fan of the second. Have you listened to the Christmas Album- so good!


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