She and Him "Volume 3"

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel offer eleven original songs and three covers of happy summertime pop.

 Effervescent, bubbly, perky, gamin, madcap, are a few of the descriptor’s attached to Zooey Descanel’s work as an actress. Much of that attitude has transferred to her musical collaborative with guitarist/producer M. Ward. Certainly Descanel’s songwriting has consisted of bright, major key songs that smack of 1960s and ‘70s A.M. radio hits, but writing in that vein takes some talent. Not everyone had the knack for writing songs that are immediately catchy.

 On their fourth trip into the studio (they also recorded a Christmas album) the pair record eleven Descanel originals and three covers. Descanel’s song structures are more complex this time out and are bolstered by Ward’s clever arrangements. Vibraphone, ukulele, sax, trumpet, and viola offer a broad range of sounds. Ward’s deep rich guitar riffs anchor the proceedings.

 Descanel’s songs range from sunny love scenarios to sunny lovelorn scenarios. Her choice of covers are unusual ones, including Chris Stein’s “Sunday Girl” which was a hit for Blondie in 1978. Harry Noble’s 1952 song “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” works nicely with the duo’s originals. “Baby” was written by the songwriting team that wrote for the 1960’s bands The Ronettes, Tommy James & The Shondells, Manfred Mann, and Leslie Gore. This should give you an idea of what to expect from Volume Three.

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix)