Best Albums of the 00s: She & Him (Volume One)

Volume One - She & Him (2008)

The final entry (finally!) in my dozen favourite albums of the decade is also the one with the shortest running time on the list, She and Him’s Volume One (2008). ‘She’ is Hollywood actor Zooey Deschanel and ‘Him’ is singer-songwriter and musician M. Ward. The pair met on the set of a film called The Go-Getter where they recorded a version of Richard & Linda Thompson’s When I Get to the Border for its soundtrack. The pair got on well and Ward discovered that Deschanel had been writing songs for years, but had never pursued a musical career. She sent him demos of these songs and Ward was sufficiently impressed to offer to produce and play on the album. Over the years, many actors have added a musical side to their thespian talents and, more often than not, the resulting efforts have left much to be desired. For example, 2008 also brought another pairing of an indie musician with a Hollywood starlet. Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio played and produced Scarlett Johansson’s (mostly) covers album of songs by Tom Waits, Anywhere I Lay My Head. Unfortunately, Johansson’s project was let down by her weak voice

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