BY JOHN B. MOORE
Well you can’t blame them for false advertising, its right there in the album title. Calling their latest Volume 3, She & Him are pretty much admitting it’s more of the same.
This is great news if you’re a fan of the retro, sunny (even-when-the-songs-are-meant-to-be-sad) pop ditties; you can rejoice as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward deliver another 14 songs that could have been written and recorded right alongside the first two helpings. Its bad news, however, if you thought the duo’s routine was growing old with the last outing, because it’s really starting to get stale at this point.
These songs work well in small doses, but start to grate after repeat listens. That’s probably why their 2011 Christmas album worked so well; it appears in early December and is tucked away a few weeks later. The one exception form Volume 3 being the loyal, yet impressive cover of Harry Noble’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”.
There is no doubt that Ward is a talented musician and Deschanel, well, hell she can sing, unlike 99% of the actors out there. But maybe it’s time the duo spent a little more time apart.
DOWNLOAD: “I Could Have Been Your Girl,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “Snow Queen”