Volume One (She & Him album)

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Volume One
Studio album by She & Him
Released March 18, 2008
Genre Indie pop, alternative country
Length 36:27
Label Merge Records (US)
Double Six Records (UK)
Producer M. Ward
She & Him chronology
Volume One
(2008)
Volume Two
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club (A-) [2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [3]
NME (7/10)
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10) [4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [5]
Silent Sound Waves 5/6 stars [6]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars [7]
Spin 3.5/5 stars [8]

Volume One is the first album by She & Him, a collaboration between M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel. It was released by Merge Records on March 18, 2008.

The album debuted at #81 on the Billboard Charts in its first week, and climbed to #71 in its second week.[9] It has received a strong response from critics, receiving a score of 76/100 on MetaCritic, indicating overall positive reviews. It was also voted the #1 Album of 2008 by Paste Magazine.[10] It came 30th in the 2008 Pazz and Jop poll.[11] Volume One has sold 176,000 copies to date in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The song "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" was number 64 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008[12] and two different music videos of it were produced. The first video featured Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward in a semi-animated enactment released in 2008.[13] The second video, released in 2009, was a collaboration of talent from the film (500) Days of Summer, including co-stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt with director Marc Webb, choreographer Michael Rooney, and producer Mason Novick.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Volume One received acclaim, and landed on the Village Voice's 'Pazz and Jop' poll as one of the year’s best albums and was named the best record of 2008 by Paste Magazine. Patrick Caldwell of the Austin American Statesman wrote "The album gently rambled through 13 tracks of sun-dappled pop, with a gentle Orbisonian charm and sweet, wistful vocals from Deschanel." [15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Zooey Deschanel, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Sentimental Heart"   2:36
2. "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"   2:31
3. "This Is Not a Test"   3:31
4. "Change Is Hard"   3:03
5. "I Thought I Saw Your Face Today"   2:50
6. "Take It Back"   2:37
7. "I Was Made for You"   2:31
8. "You Really Got a Hold on Me" (William Robinson, Jr.) 3:59
9. "Black Hole"   2:12
10. "Got Me"   2:46
11. "I Should Have Known Better" (Lennon–McCartney) 3:39
12. "Sweet Darlin'" (Z. Deschanel/J. Schwartzman) 2:41
13. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Traditional) 1:37

Singles[edit]

  • "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" (January, 2008)

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

She and Him

  • Zooey Deschanel – songwriter, vocals, piano, keyboards (5, 6, 7, 10), percussion (1), xylophone (4)
  • M. Ward – producer, guitar, vocals (4, 8, 11), keyboards (1, 10, 12), slide guitar (4, 9), bass (9)

Additional Musicians

  • Tom Hagerman – strings (1, 6)
  • Mike Coykendall – engineering, mixing, bass, percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11), guitar (3, 9), mouth bass (11)
  • Mike Mogis – engineering, mixing, percussion (1, 12), steel guitar (4)
  • Rachel Blumberg – percussion (5, 7, 9, 12)
  • Peter Broderick – strings (5, 12)
  • Adam Selzer – percussion (12)
  • Paul Brainerd – steel guitar (6, 11)

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
The Billboard 200 (U.S.) 71
Billboard Top Independent Albums (U.S.) 8

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Paste Magazine US Signs of Life 2008: Best Music[16] 2008 #1[10]
WERS Boston US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #5[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Volume One". Allmusic. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rizov, Vadim (2008-03-17). "She & Him: Volume One | Music | Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  3. ^ Dean, Will (2008-07-24). "She & Him - Volume One / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  6. ^ "She & Him - Volume One (Review)". Silent Sound Waves. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  7. ^ Newlin, Jimmy (2008-03-16). "She & Him Volume One". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  8. ^ Young, Jon. "She & Him, 'Volume One' (Merge)". SPIN.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  9. ^ The Billboard 200, Billboard, 12-04-2008. Retrieved 16-06-2009.
  10. ^ a b Cervantes, Carlo. "She & Him: Volume One :: Music :: Features :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  11. ^ "New York Pazz and Jop Albums". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  12. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008" Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  13. ^ "She & Him: Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (Video) | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  14. ^ Breznican, Anthony (2009-08-05). "Zooey and Joe are out to steal hearts with a music video". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  15. ^ Caldwell, Patrick (2010-03-16). "Austin TX music: Music listings, bands, music news, reviews, SXSW and ACL". Austin360.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  16. ^ Edwards, Aaron. "Signs of Life 2008: Best Music :: Music :: Features :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  17. ^ WERS.org

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