Volume One

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2008
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. She writes old-fashioned love songs enhanced by Ward’s expert arrangements and reverberated girl-group harmonies.
  2. Any listener looking to spend a reverb-drenched summer on the beach revisiting the golden age of AM radio could do far worse than spending the season with She and Him.
  3. She & Him's debut release is more like a collection of songs rather than a cohesive, fresh album, and as such, is a letdown for a singer that showed a lot of promise.
  4. It's delightful background music, but it never quite slides into focus.
  5. Uncut
    60
    Where the album suffers, however--especially in comparision to the Jenny Lewis record--is the absence of any real lyrical verve or personality. [Aug 2008, p.94]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Mar 28, 2011
    8
    Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite singers. Her voice is just absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention she's amazingly gorgeous herself. VolumeZooey Deschanel is one of my favorite singers. Her voice is just absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention she's amazingly gorgeous herself. Volume One is quite a great album. Every track sounds great. It has hooky melodies and beautiful choruses. The opener "Sentimental Heart" is the stand out track on this record. The lyrics are folk poetry and it really adds to the quality to this album. All In All, Volume One is a joyous listen. B+ Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    Love this album... it's short, sweet, cheeky and Zooey's cute vocals shines through the fun instrumentation throughout the album. 10/10 andLove this album... it's short, sweet, cheeky and Zooey's cute vocals shines through the fun instrumentation throughout the album. 10/10 and highly recommended! Full Review »
  3. Jul 31, 2012
    8
    Fresh album with lot of catchy songs. The deliberate lo-fi production hinders a bit, as also does repetitiveness. But songs like "SweetFresh album with lot of catchy songs. The deliberate lo-fi production hinders a bit, as also does repetitiveness. But songs like "Sweet Darling", "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here" and "Sentimental Heart" are pure magic. Full Review »