She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas Album Review

Subscribe to She & Him alerts

Review of A Very She & Him Christmas Album by She & Him

Nobody is a greater advocate of She & Him's sugar-sweet pop or lead singer Zooey Deschanel's distinctively effervescent vocals than I. Whilst their dreamy compositions provide the perfect backing to lazy summer days, this sound does not seem to transfer well to different seasons. Sadly, their festive offering 'A Very She & Him Christmas' leaves you feeling like you've cracked open the champers for your Christmas lunch, only to discover most of the fizz has gone.

She & Him A Very She & Him Christmas Album

The opening track 'A Christmas Waltz' certainly reflects its title well enough; the gently strummed guitar chords and Deschanel's angelic voice rises and falls at the right moments but it feels like you're waiting for the joyous Christmas spirit to kick in and it never arrives. Their rendition of golden oldie 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' is charming enough but the appeal of many other versions is that it feels homey and warming, whereas this version just feels a little soulless. 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' is another upbeat Christmas classic but if anything is happening near She & Him's tree, it's certainly not any rocking!

'Sleigh Ride' helps pick up proceedings somewhat, as Ward joins in on vocals to add a bit of variety and the galloping nature (no pun intended) of the track means it can't help but feel lively. Meanwhile, the two alternate on vocal duties during 'Baby It's Cold Outside' and the quicker-pace they perform this track at causes it to feel like they're actually a debating couple, which makes for an amusingly endearing listen.

It's always great to stumble across an alternative take on a usually-corny Christmas song, so upon discovering this indie darling duo were releasing their versions, hopes were high all round that we'd have a new seasonal soundtrack. However, this record is (disappointingly) perfect to listen to if you're opening presents and want some festive tunes playing nonchalantly in the background. If you're planning on drinking and being merry then save She & Him for the post-Christmas blues and crack out your parents' well-worn Wizzard vinyl instead.

Chantelle Pattemore

Official Site -


Subscribe to She & Him alerts

More She & Him

She & Him - It's Always You [Audio] Video

Indie duo She And Him unveil an audio for their cover of Frank Sinatra's 1961 track 'It's Always You', which appears on their December 2014...

She & Him - I'll Never Be Free [Audio] Video

'I'll Never Be Free' by indie duo She And Him is a cover of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan's 1950 song and features on their...

She And Him - Teach Me Tonight Audio Video

'Teach Me Tonight' is a cover of the song popularly sung by The DeCastro Sisters, which appears on She and Him's fifth studio album 'Classics';...

She And Him - Would You Like To Take a Walk? [Audio] Video

She and Him cover 'Would You Like To Take A Walk?' from the Broadway musical 'Sweet and Low' on their latest album 'Classics', which they...


She & Him - We'll Meet Again [Audio] Video

She And Him perform a cover of the Dame Vera Lynn classic 'We'll Meet Again' as the final track on their aptly titled Columbia Records...

She & Him - Unchained Melody ft. The Chapin Sisters Audio Video

She & Him team up with The Chapin Sisters on their cover of The Righteous Brothers' hit 'Unchained Melody', from new album 'Classics'.

She & Him - It's Not For Me To Say [Audio] Video

She And Him have recorded a cover of 'It's Not For Me To Say' from 1957 movie Lizzie for their aptly titled Columbia Records album...

She & Him - This Girl's In Love With You [Audio] Video

She And Him have recorded a cover of Aretha Franklin's 'This Girl's In Love With You' for their aptly titled Columbia Records album 'Classics'.



She & Him Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on She & Him

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All