• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Mojo
    May 31, 2012
    As M. Ward's unflustered, vintage-sounding guitars gift memories of Chet Atkins and Les Paul, there's a welcome, brandies-by-the fireside serenity afoot. [Jan 2012, p.92]
  2. 75
    While some covers feel dreary--"Silver Bells" is less tinkly than dirgelike--Deschanel's unfussy voice puts a charming spin on yuletide chestnuts "Blue Christmas" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."
  3. Consists entirely of tasteful campfire-folk covers of seasonal classics.
  4. 70
    She & Him, the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, maintains its early-1960s retro cool on its Christmas album.
  5. Nov 28, 2011
    It isn't highbrow or ground-breaking, but it is fun and uplifting.
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    A calm, simple and easy to listen to recording to sit with and relax.
  7. Oct 27, 2011
    There's plenty to raise a smile over these 12 songs, and that's no doubt exactly what She & Him intended from them.
  8. 60
    The blend of simplicity and sophistication is fairly well suited to the material, avoiding cloying sentimentality and religiose bluster.
  9. Q Magazine
    Dec 22, 2011
    The duo deliver traditional virtues and a familiar Yuletide ambiance here. [Jan 2012, p.124]
  10. If anything, A Very She & Him Christmas can feel like a wet blanket at times, like a party that just can't get off the ground.
  11. 60
    Ultimately, A Very She & Him Christmas is an enjoyable if forgettable project that its creators probably had a very fun time making.
  12. Oct 24, 2011
    The results can be winning, especially when they're slathered in classic, Les Paul/Mary Ford-inspired slapback delay. However, busier cuts like "Sleigh Ride," "Little Saint Nick," and "Christmas Day" reveal a charming yet pitchy vocalist with all of the inflections of a classic torch singer, and none of the discipline.
  13. Oct 28, 2011
    A Very She & Him stands guilty not of being oppressively adorkable, but of being not nearly adorkable enough.
  14. Oct 28, 2011
    A Very She & Him Christmas' main fault is that it can so easily fade into the background as the season never would, no matter how hard one might try and avoid it.
  15. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2011
    It's a sweet-natured and seemingly uncynical exercise which, while pretty enough, brings nothing new to these well-worn ditties. [Jan 2012, p.101]
  16. Dec 8, 2011
    A Very She & Him Christmas could have done with a little more of the wide-eyed, kooky-face, make-your-bestie-a-yummy-pancake Deschanel: the results might or might not have been unbearable, but they certainly wouldn't have been dull.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    Love Zooey's voice. A perfect cd to play during Christmas dinner. Zooey and Ward are a great combination. The Christmas Song is still myLove Zooey's voice. A perfect cd to play during Christmas dinner. Zooey and Ward are a great combination. The Christmas Song is still my favorite...especially on this cd. Full Review »