Holiday Album Thursday: A Very She & Him Christmas

Happy Holidays from Rock on Philly! This is our first installment of our weekly holiday album reviews, ranging from more recent releases to classics through the decades. Each Thursday until the end of December we will be posting a new review. We’re starting it off with She & Him’s A Very She & Him Christmas released in 2011 by Merge Records. It was recorded by Pierre de Reeder at Kingsize Soundlabs in Los Angeles and by Tom Schick at The Magic Shop in New York City. It is the third album produced by the guitarist Matt Ward who also produced their fourth album which came out in May of this year.

If you already know She & Him, you’ll be able to pick up on their relaxed and quirky indie style. The instrumentation is very simple with Zooey Deschanel on vocals, piano, and ukulele, Matt Ward on vocals, guitar, and organ, and Jim Keltner on percussion. The songs are covers of holiday favorites like the first track, “The Christmas Waltz,” written originally for Frank Sinatra in 1954. The original was written for a full orchestra and backup choir but She & Him made it satisfying with just guitar and simple piano accompaniment.

Matt Ward’s guitar work really creates an individual style on tracks like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The combination of Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward’s voices as a duets in “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Sleigh Ride” are so adorable and make you love the holiday classics even more.

What they created in this album is perfect for staying in during the holidays whether you’re spending it cozying up with a special someone or getting together the whole family. Zooey Deschanel’s sultry voice along with Matt Ward’s jazzy guitar work adds a little whim in this enjoyable album filled with classics that everyone knows.

 Stay Tuned next Thursday for week 2 of our December Holiday Album Reviews!

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