Volume Two - She & Him
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  • Summary: Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward return with their second album together, which features two cover songs.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
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  1. Ably coaxed on and assembled by Ward--whose input ought not to be overlooked--Volume Two is an outstanding collection of tracks worthy of any discerning listener's undivided attention.
  2. Save for the occasional song seemingly arranged by rote, Volume Two delivers the expected sweetness, but on a grander scale than the duo’s debut.
  3. She & Him treat what could be needless and indulgent with care and soul. Volume Two will surprise and charm in equal measure.
  4. Like its predecessor, Volume II stands outside current production trends, and it’s built to last on its own modest terms.
  5. It's the sunniest sad record you'll hear all year--pretty love songs set in a "nation" where summer never ends.
  6. 60
    Once again, Daschanel demonstrates a deep understanding and irony-free love of innocent, old-school pop craft in her writing, but too many of the chorus hooks pass by without sticking, and aome of the stacked-up vocal arrangements sag under their own weight. [May 2010, p.102]
  7. Rather than being something different or a step in a new direction, it's merely a continuation of the same thing as last time. [Winter 2010, p.65]

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  1. MaxwellP
    Mar 28, 2010
    This is my first review. I had to do one on Volume Two because everyone needs to know how wonderful it is. If you haven't bought it you really should. M. Ward's arrangements are fantastic and Zooey Deschanel's lyrics are exceptional yet again. The best part though is her voice. This album is almost perfect from song one until the very end. Enjoy this sunny gem or you'll really be missing out! Expand
  2. RezJ
    Apr 6, 2010
    One of the "Must have to" listen album. it's great.
  3. NathanM
    Mar 25, 2010
    An excellent follow-up to Volume One. While Volume One allowed listeners to fall in love (or not) with Zooey, Volume Two, as Zooey comes into her own, allows listeners to fall in love with the instrumentation provided by M. Ward. Expand
  4. RaulfS
    Jun 17, 2010
    Even in musics not so remarkable, it's terrible lovely.
  5. MattB.
    Apr 1, 2010
    Does this remind anyone else of Neko Case?
  6. Nov 27, 2010
    If you're familiar with M Ward then the music/production should come as no surprise here, the vocals by Zooey Daschanel lend themselves very nicely to Ward's stylings. The whole affair has a very throwback feel, very early Americana. The whole album feels very wholesome and heartfelt. It's an enjoyable listen, but it's not very daring. It's a nice album to drive around to, windows down, wind blowing, sun shining.. By far the highlight of the album, Brand New Shoes is possibly the most sparse and bare song on the album, but it strikes a chord more solidly than any other offering here. Expand
  7. May 29, 2011
    I'm so happy that Chloe Deschannel has initiated this group, their music is simply amazing. I would love if they were more relevant in music business, it's a shame because their melodies are worthy sophomore, I found this album more diverse and ultimately more interesting. This album is better than the "Volume One" absolutely. Expand

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