by She & Him


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While the release of another standards album doesn't always elicit cries of celebration, some artists are perfectly suited to such a task. Taking a romp around their own bailiwick is a breeze for pop classicists like She & Him, who offer up this platter of elegantly conceived cover songs that resembles the very source material that probably inspired their first three albums of original fare. The warm, vintage pop, jazz, and country that Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward have always seemed so smitten with comes to life on Classics. This impeccably arranged set was largely recorded live with a 20-piece orchestra fleshing out romantic chestnuts like "Stars Fell on Alabama" and the Johnny Mathis classic "It's Not for Me to Say." With her sweet, winsome lilt, Deschanel has never really felt like a rock singer, and she seems completely in her element here interpreting these classy 20th century gems in a throwback style. Their take on Dusty Springfield's "Stay Awhile" sounds like vintage She & Him, while the rich orchestrations on songs like "Oh No, Not My Baby" and "This Girl's in Love with You" add a nice, sophisticated touch to their sound. Ward has plenty of chances to dispense his nimbly played, jazzy guitar tones throughout the set and takes over lead vocals on the understated "She" with Deschanel layering some wistful, lush backing vocals behind him. As on previous releases, the counterpoint of Deschanel's velvety croon and Ward's rugged baritone allows for some generally charming duets, and they pull off their best Ella & Louis imitation on the carefree "Would You Like to Take a Walk?" As a whole, the songs are well-dressed and very easy on the ears. Classics is meant to be pure entertainment and even though most of these songs have been sung before by a variety of other artists, in the hands of She & Him, it comes off less like a novelty and instead sits very comfortably in their growing catalog of fine releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750159922
catalogNumber: 501599
Rank: 11368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

She & Him   Primary Artist
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Art Baron   Trombone,Background Vocals
Abigail Chapin   Vocals
Lily Chapin   Vocals
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Curtis Hasselbring   Trombone
Doug Wiselman   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Pierre de Reeder   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Tim Luntzel   Bass
Nate Walcott   Piano
Tom Hagerman   Violin
Boo Reiners   Banjo
Zooey Deschanel   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Amanda Lawrence   Viola
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone
Charlie Pillow   Flute,Oboe,Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals
Tyler Tornfelt   Bass

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ivor Raymonde   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Doug Weiselman   Horn Arrangements
George David Weiss   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer
Pierre de Reeder   Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Billy Rose   Composer
Tom Hagerman   String Arrangements
Robert Allen   Composer
Mike Hawker   Composer
Ross Parker   Composer
Hugh Charles   Composer

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