Monday, March 29, 2010

Case File #21: "Thieves"

She & Him
Volume Two

The need to know: She is the doe-eyed, raven haired actress Zooey Deschanel. Him is countrified folkie M. Ward. Initially paired up for the 2007 flick The Go-Getter, where Him dominated the soundtrack and She starred, their one-off duet has evolved into a bona fide music group. Sure, Deschanel's an actress, and we know how it usually goes when actresses dabble in music, but She & Him defy that particular musical law. Their much-adored first album, Volume One, a collection of Deschanel-penned originals and choice nostalgia covers, emerged in 2008, and the just-released Volume Two continues to define the duos 60s-inspired pop sound. 

Why it's worthy: Who doesn't want to hear Deschanel pine away about wayward loves? Much like the twee characters she most often portrays, she knows what role she's best at and plays it to an oh-so-sweet perfection. "Thieves," another lovelorn tale, sets the tone as the lead track for Volume Two. Here, Deschanel laments with a brave face over yet another romantic ending, but by the end her
assertion that she'll still be crying seems like a triumphant victory over the matters of the heart.

Quotable lyric: "It's not all that bad/ I'll see you sometime/ Sometimes lonely isn't sad"

Where you've heard it: Deschanel tends to mix singing and acting together pretty often. In addition to The Go-Getter, her vocals have graced the soundtracks to (500) Days of Summer, Yes Man, and Elf.

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