16. She & Him – Volume 3
Charming and innocent, Zooey Deschannel and her producer partner, M. Ward, make mincemeat out of Tennis. Here’s the way throwback 50’s should sound: roomy, light and with only a touch of reverb. Not quite sure why Volume 3 sticks out more than the first two of their collaborations. Perhaps it’s the intelligent cover picks (their “Sunday Girl” is great), the way it sounds as if Zooey is singing with a smile, or simply that her songwriting skills have greatly improved with practice; however, the result is clear: a lovely album that evokes a more innocent time in life.
Favorite songs: “Never Wanted Your Love” | “I Could’ve Been Your Girl” | “Somebody Sweet to Talk To”