A Very She & Him Christmas

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A Very She & Him Christmas
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)
Recorded2011
StudioKingsize Soundlabs
(Los Angeles, California)
The Magic Shop
(New York City, New York)
GenreIndie pop, Christmas
Length32:05
LabelMerge
ProducerM. Ward
She & Him chronology
Volume Two
(2010)
A Very She & Him Christmas
(2011)
Volume 3
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic63/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Entertainment WeeklyB [2]
Pitchfork(5.3/10) [3]
PopMatters7/10 stars [4]
Under the Radar5/10 stars [5]
NME2/10 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.

In 2012 it was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 20,000 copies throughout Europe.[9]

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.[10]

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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Christmas Waltz"Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne2:37
2."Christmas Day"Brian Wilson3:24
3."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin3:42
4."I'll Be Home for Christmas"Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram2:26
5."Christmas Wish"Joey Spampinato2:58
6."Sleigh Ride"Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish2:44
7."Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"Johnny Marks2:00
8."Silver Bells"Jay Livingston, Ray Evans1:57
9."Baby, It's Cold Outside"Frank Loesser2:17
10."Blue Christmas"Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson3:24
11."Little Saint Nick"Wilson, Mike Love2:10
12."The Christmas Song"Bob Wells, Mel Tormé2:26

Personnel[edit]

She & Him
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 12
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[12] 2
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[13] 1
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[14] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[17] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him". Metacritic. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. October 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Pitchfork Media Review".
  4. ^ a b "PopMatters review".
  5. ^ "Under the Radar review".
  6. ^ Mike Williams (2011-10-25). "She & Him - 'A Very She & Him Christmas'". NME.com. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  7. ^ "'A Very She & Him Christmas' Available in Stores and Online Today!". Official She & Him website. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "826 National and 'A Very She & Him Christmas.'".
  9. ^ http://www.vut.de/index.php?id=42&tx_vutnews_pi1%5Barticle%5D=210&cHash=b7db7c5c120f55ac6c06cd370dbeec86
  10. ^ "Critic Reviews for 'A Very She & Him Christmas' at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved on November 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "She & Him Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "She & Him Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "She & Him Chart History (Top Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "She & Him Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "She & Him Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "She & Him Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "She & Him Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.