A Very She & Him Christmas

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A Very She & Him Christmas
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Studio album by She & Him
Released October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)
Recorded 2011
Studio Kingsize Soundlabs
(Los Angeles, California)
The Magic Shop
(New York City, New York)
Genre Jazz, R&B
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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly B [2]
Pitchfork (5.3/10) [3]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [4]
Under the Radar 5/10 stars [5]
NME 2/10 stars[6]

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,[7] 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.[8]

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 63, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[9]

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."[4] A more mixed review from Pitchfork said that the songs were "just fine" but that She & Him "played this one too safe."[3]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 12
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[11] 2
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[12] 1
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[13] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[15] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[16] 4

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