Review: She & Him – Classics (Sony Music Canada)

She & HimShe & Him, comprised of actress Zooey Deschanel and indie stalwart M. Ward, explore the songbook of decades past with the appropriately titled Classics. Backed by a 20-piece orchestra, Deschanel’s unique voice, with its compelling lilt, is the driving force behind each of these 13 songs, as she and Ward tackle songs made famous by Dusty Springfield, Herb Alpert, Johnny Mathis, Carole King and The Righteous Brothers. Ward’s role in the bigger picture of the album is an important one. He more than holds his own on the guitar throughout but also complements Deschanel’s voice on their take of the Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong song “Would You Like To Take A Walk?”