180 Gram Vinyl Record
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Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward perform 13 celebrated American standards
Includes "Stay Awhile," "Time After Time," "Unchained Melody," more
180-gram vinyl, album download included
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are She & Him, and Classics is their new album, a compilation of timeless covers, that have been previously recorded by artists such as Billie Holiday, Johnny Mathis, Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong, and Elvis Costello.
The duo first met on the set of the film "The Go-Getter," in which Deschanel had a starring role. The director introduced them to each other, and asked them to sing a duet together to be played at the end credits of the film.
In honor of the full-bodied sound of the original classics, She & Him recorded the new album live, including full brass, strings, piano, bass, guitar, drums and flute on their rendition of Springfield's classic melody. Ward's guitar shimmers and flows beside Deschanel's whole-hearted and warm vibrato, weaving a hearty live version that allows for the spontaneity that captured the spirit of the songs in their truest form.
The band's first two albums, Volume One and Volume Two, were included on NPR's Listeners' Pick Best Music list. Volume Two was also No. 1 on the U.S. rock, folk, and independent charts for several weeks. From there, the band's A Very She & Him Christmas was included on Rolling Stone's 25 Greatest Christmas Albums of All-Time. Volume 3 was released in 2013, and Pitchfork applauded Deschanel's "certain kind of charisma that allows a song to hang loosely but never fall apart," continuing, "Ward gives them enough room to sway leisurely, as though a warm breeze is rustling through."
Press for Classics is nothing but positive: "Breezy but sturdy, impeccably styled" — The New York Times, "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." — MOJO, "Pretty love songs set in a 'nation where summer never ends." — Rolling Stone.
|1. Stars Fell On Alabama|
|2. Oh No, Not My Baby|
|3. It’s Not For Me To Say|
|4. Stay Awhile|
|5. This Girl’s In Love With You|
|6. Time After Time|
|8. Teach My Tonight|
|9. It’s Always You|
|10. Unchained Melody - feat. The Chapin Sisters|
|11. I’ll Never Be Free|
|12. Would You Like To Take a Walk?|
|13. We’ll Meet Again|