Album Review: "Volume 3" She & Him

She & Him

"Volume 3"

Producer: M. Ward

Merge Records

Release Date: May 7

Since the 2010 release of She & Him's second album, "Volume 2," Zooey Deschanel found success with Fox comedy series "New Girl" and M. Ward further grew his solo musical career with last year's "A Wasteland Companion." The pair returns with a newfound clarity, delivering a no-holds-barred approach to its sound on "Volume 3." The set is laced with tales of love, from cheeky romantic quips on the aptly titled "Never Wanted Your Love" to the mildly disco-infused "Together." Deschanel's voice sounds like an updated mix of Loretta Lynn and Ronnie Spector, but her greatest strength lies in the pen. No longer the "new girl" in music, her words are allowed to be the central focus on songs like "London," while Ward flexes his production arm on the Blondie cover "Sunday Girl." It's a harmony that many fail to reach, but She & Him have found it on "Volume 3."


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