She & Him

 

Volume One

Merge Records

Four stars

Actress Zooey Deschanel’s cutesy, unthinkably detailed vocals — framed by M. Ward’s organic arrangements and Phil Spector-friendly production — might be the surprise of 2008, making for an album every bit as good as Jenny Lewis’ similar 2006 doe-eyed-soul album, Rabbit Fur Coat. Ten Deschanel-penned originals, two unpretentious covers and a “hidden track” fill the gut of this adorable, unlikely album.

Sounds like:

Elements of folk, soul and classic girl group pop thrown in a blender.

 

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