She & Him – ‘Classics’

The New Girl actress and her songwriting pal team up for more cloying covers

This is the fifth album from New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and Portland songwriter/guitarist M Ward. She & Him’s earlier records, ‘Volume 1’, ‘Volume 2’ and ‘Volume 3’, positioned original compositions alongside carefully chosen covers and ‘A Very She And Him Christmas’ tackled festive tunes. ‘Classics’ sees them covering 13 “timeless standards” and includes a classy version of ‘Stay Awhile’, made famous by Dusty Springfield. That song, and renditions of The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ and the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned ‘This Girl’s In Love With You’ are stunning in isolation. But a whole album of Deschanel’s wholesome, entertaining-the-troops voice and M Ward’s tasteful instrumentation is cloying.

Details

Record label: Columbia
Release date: 15 Dec, 2014