A rather excrutiating Scarlett Johansson version of Tom Waits’ ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’ popped up online yesterday in which Scarlett sounds like a dying dog barking through its last moments of death. In contrast, fellow actress Zooey Deschanel’s turn alongside M. Ward as the “she” in She & Him is firstly – musical and secondly – a success.
By focusing on pop and country songs which have an olden forgotten glow to them, the duo have succeeded in creating a passage of songs which hark back to their own influences. Deschanel’s voice is emotive and convincing (fitting for an actress) with a distinct twang.
Despite the desire to cast off the album as an mentor/vanity project for the pair, Deschanel wrote the songs and Ward produced. The result is Volume One, an album of new golden oldies.
Myspace – She & Him