She and Him
A Very She & Him Christmas


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
October 25th, 2012 | 90 replies | 2,645 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great Christmas album that captures the essence of good old fashioned holiday music.

Oh boy, it’s that special time of the year again! Shortly after Halloween the grocery stores will be filled with holiday items and sales to get you in the Christmas spirit. People will start hitting the slopes and Coffee joints like Starbucks will also be adding to the season with their delicious pumpkin spice lattes or their seasonal peppermint mochas. The holidays really do have a lot to offer, but one thing that’s always stood out to me is the music.

Christmas music is hard to beat because it captures a simpler time. I mean, what other holiday has inspired an entire genre of music in such a large way? Legends like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby helped set the standards for the genre with their jolly tunes and their fantastic voices. Unfortunately, most Christmas music of our generation comes across as too gimmicky or over-produced which takes most of the magic out of the music. There are still bands however that have proven they could make genuine Christmas music and do it with class. One of these bands is She and Him.

For those who don’t already know, She and Him is comprised of actress Zooey Deschanel and musician M. Ward. They make simple yet enjoyable indie/folk rock and they have effectively transferred their sound into their first Christmas album. Although more relaxed than the band’s other albums, its still the She and Him many of us have grown to love. Rather than trying too hard or relying on production, A Very She and Him Christmas is refreshingly normal. I say normal because this is how Christmas music should be; simple and relaxed, but very jolly.

Both musicians compliment each other very well, Zooey providing the unique vocals and Ward showing his skill with the guitar. There are light drums on some songs, but for the most part the album is made up of Zooey’s likeable voice backed by Ward’s exceptional guitar playing. Every song flows smoothly as the duo clearly knows exactly what they’re doing. Ward never overdoes it on the guitar. He always provides just enough to add feeling to the song without overshadowing Deschanel’s signature voice. Same goes for Zooey, she may not have the most range for a singer, but she stays in her comfort zone, never straining her voice or going over the top. The result is twelve lighthearted and beautiful Christmas carols.

Some may feel like this album is lacking creativity or energy, but I disagree. Look at Bing Crosby. He never went over the top instrumentally, but he didn’t have to. Christmas music is best when it’s in its most pure and unadulterated form and this is something She and Him know quite well. Obviously, Zooey’s voice can’t hold a candle to the likes of Sinatra or Crosby, but there’s something very likeable about her vocals and they have a definite charm about them. She sounds great in songs like ‘Silver Bells’ or ‘Sleigh Ride’, as she is more upbeat and adds charisma to the experience. Ward also provides vocals in songs like ‘Christmas Wish’ and he sounds amazing. It’s too bad they didn’t use his vocals in more songs, because he’s a great singer as well and his voice suits this style of music.

A Very She and Him Christmas is an album that any fan of holiday music will likely enjoy. It can’t be compared to the timeless classics, but it’s an honest and charming offering, especially for our generation. My only complaint is that it could have been better as I know Ward is holding back with his guitar work. His subtle, but talented guitar playing fits the songs nicely, but I think he could have provided more to the album without taking away from Zooey’s singing. That doesn’t keep it from being a great Christmas album, however. From the soothing guitar notes in ‘The Christmas Waltz’, to the peppy vocals on ‘Little Saint Nick’, the album is a harmless and enjoyable collection of holiday songs.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


My first christmas review! Sorry but i'm at work so I can't provide any links but if you like holiday music consider checking this out.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


Why?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


thanks man mostly just did this one for fun cause that august burns red album got me in the christmas mood. you like christmas music much?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2012



4409 Comments


Yeah good review. I dont listen to her music, but ever since 500 Days Of Summer, I have been very much attracted to Zooey Deschanel.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


Thanks yeah she's perfect.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


Can't check links at work man what is it?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



50088 Comments


Kate Bush m/

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YoYoMancuso
October 25th 2012



11006 Comments


My first christmas review!


i think this is actually THE first Christmas review

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


lol sonic I checked out Kate bush the other day and yes if it makes you feel better she's better than zooey deschanel lmao

also @andcas, why? you don't have to be religious to enjoy christmas music.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


@Mancuso,

Nah, two have already been submitted for august the burns red chrismas album (one today by breakingthefragile)

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



15906 Comments


damn u reminded of christmas

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


@skeletor, fair enough man i've loved it ever since I was a kid.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


lol you have no soul

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


No was it today?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


To each their own but xmas music makes me happy : D

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



15906 Comments


trouble is in UK they play the same xmas songs every year, being out in a shop and its all playing is living hell

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


I checked it out lol it's sad he put that much effort into finding those songs and yeah i'll prolly be on facebook later bro

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


For sure i'll try and get on in like 3 hours after i'm off work

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


I can barely stay up past 10 pm these days lol you're crazy

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



19654 Comments


2:30 pm for me so yeah we're 8 hours difference lol



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