"For such a mild-mannered and ingratiating indie-pop duo, She and Him sure is polarizing. That division is what happens when a ubiquitous singer-songwriter (M. Ward) teams up with a quintuply ubiquitous, egregiously doe-eyed, vaguely quirky film actress (Zooey Deschanel).Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zooey Deschanel in "500 Days of Summer" (2009).
It's a recipe for skepticism, before the "play" button has even been pressed.
In songs such as "Home" Deschanel pines for a lover, but she still sounds like she's singing through a smile. As a result, Volume Two — available here for streaming in its entirety until its release on March 23 — isn't exactly dragging listeners through a complex emotional hellride.
It's more confection than confessional, but it's a kind-natured one; the audio equivalent of a spring breeze that wafts in at a perfect time."
Listen to She & Him Volume 2
Stream of She & Him songs