A Very She & Him Christmas

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A Very She & Him Christmas
Studio album by She & Him
Released October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)
Recorded 2011
Kingsize Soundlabs
(Los Angeles, California)
The Magic Shop
(New York City, New York)
Genre Pop, indie pop, holiday music
Length 32:05
Label Merge
Producer M. Ward
She & Him chronology
Volume Two
(2010)
A Very She & Him Christmas
(2011)
Volume 3
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly B [1]
Pitchfork Media (5.3/10) [2]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [3]
Under the Radar 5/10 stars [4]
NME 2/10 stars[5]

A Very She & Him Christmas is the first Christmas album and the third studio album by the folk/indie rock band She & Him, consisting of actress and musician Zooey Deschanel and musician M. Ward. The album was released on October 24, 2011,[6] and features several covers of classic holiday songs. The twelve track album is distributed by Merge Records and proceeds from every album sold are being donated to 826 National, a nonprofit network of writing and tutoring centers.[7]

Their cover of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was featured in the Christmas episode "The 23rd" of the TV-show New Girl, which stars Zooey Deschanel.

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 64, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[8]

PopMatters gave the album a score of 7/10, writing that it was "plain beautiful" and that it was "a calm, simple and easy to listen to recording to sit with and relax."[3] A more mixed review from Pitchfork Media said that the songs were "just fine" but that She & Him "played this one too safe."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Christmas Waltz"   Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 2:37
2. "Christmas Day"   Brian Wilson 3:24
3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 3:42
4. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram 2:26
5. "Christmas Wish"   Joey Spampinato 2:58
6. "Sleigh Ride"   Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 2:44
7. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"   Johnny Marks 2:00
8. "Silver Bells"   Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 1:57
9. "Baby, It's Cold Outside"   Frank Loesser 2:17
10. "Blue Christmas"   Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson 3:24
11. "Little Saint Nick"   Wilson, Mike Love 2:10
12. "The Christmas Song"   Bob Wells, Mel Tormé 2:26

Personnel[edit]

She & Him
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. October 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Pitchfork Media Review". 
  3. ^ a b "PopMatters review". 
  4. ^ "Under the Radar review". 
  5. ^ Mike Williams (2011-10-25). "She & Him - 'A Very She & Him Christmas'". nme.com. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  6. ^ "'A Very She & Him Christmas' Available in Stores and Online Today!".  Official She & Him website. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "826 National and 'A Very She & Him Christmas.'". 
  8. ^ "Critic Reviews for 'A Very She & Him Christmas' at Metacritic".  Metacritic. Retrieved on November 12, 2011.