She & Him, "In the Sun"

The appeal of She & Him's first album mostly derived from M. Ward's musicianship, but on "In the Sun"--the duo's first single from its forthcoming "Volume Two"--Zooey Deschanel matches her partner's songwriting skill. A "c'est la vie" ode to an unappreciative lover, the song boasts a playful piano melody, warm guitar accents and a carefree chorus: "Well, alright (Well, alright!)/It's OK (It's OK!)/We all get the slip sometimes every day." Deschanel still writes simple lyrics and obvious rhymes, but now delivers them with more grace. Though Deschanel sings, "It's hard to be ignored," "In the Sun" makes it sound anything but.--Lindsey Fortier