Volume Two

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Mar 23, 2010
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40

Review this album

  1. Your Score
    0 out of 10
    Rate this:
    • 10
    • 9
    • 8
    • 7
    • 6
    • 5
    • 4
    • 3
    • 2
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
  1. Submit
  2. Check Spelling
  1. Mar 28, 2011
    7
    This isn't an excellent follow up to Volume One, but it's still very good. Zooey Deschanel still has the cutest, beautiful voice ever. It really shows on the track "In The Sun" which is also the stand out track on this record. It kinda went for the more "Pop" sound than Volume One which isn't a bad move but some times it kinda just didn't shine as much as it could've. All In All, A goodThis isn't an excellent follow up to Volume One, but it's still very good. Zooey Deschanel still has the cutest, beautiful voice ever. It really shows on the track "In The Sun" which is also the stand out track on this record. It kinda went for the more "Pop" sound than Volume One which isn't a bad move but some times it kinda just didn't shine as much as it could've. All In All, A good album but slightly flawed. B Expand
  2. Dec 6, 2014
    10
    For some reason I like this better than Volume One. Their sound evolved a bit into a softer, more chill one... a bit different from their debut. Fave tracks are "Lingering Still", "Thieves" and "Home". Love this album.
  3. May 29, 2011
    7
    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.
  4. Nov 27, 2010
    7
    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,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
  5. MattB.
    Apr 1, 2010
    8
    Does this remind anyone else of Neko Case?
  6. NathanM
    Mar 25, 2010
    9
    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.
  7. MaxwellP
    Mar 28, 2010
    10
    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 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
  8. RezJ
    Apr 6, 2010
    9
    One of the "Must have to" listen album. it's great.
  9. RaulfS
    Jun 17, 2010
    9
    Even in musics not so remarkable, it's terrible lovely.
  10. DavidS
    Mar 26, 2010
    9
    As good, if not better than Vol, 1... Reviews claiming it breaks no new ground, or is too similar in tenor to the first are just flat out lazy... Hello! It's Vol. 2.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Under The Radar
    40
    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]
  2. The smiling-through-tears undercurrent of ’60s pop is lost in Deschanel’s taffy-like vocals, and though the album evokes memories of a more pleasant time, they seem far too sweet to be real.
  3. Though Ward is a master instrumentalist, Deschanel's vocal affects and childlike rhymes sometimes veer into twee overload; she can seem too in love with her own adorability. But by a cappella closer ''If You Can't Sleep,'' it's hard to begrudge this Volume's magpie charms.