Review: “A Very She & Him Christmas,” She & Him

There are constants every holiday season. Christmas movies will dominate the television set in December, lights will be hung, families will gather and hordes will hit the shopping malls all to the soundtrack of, most often, awful Christmas music.

More unfortunate is that people are subjected to the dreadful tunes earlier and earlier every year, and once an artist records a hit record, it seems as though they are invariably forced to put out a Christmas album.

Record Rating 4.0 of 10

Don’t get me wrong, there are great versions of Christmas carols, but they are –at least for me—limited to crooners of yesteryear. And for those who don’t believe there are bad Christmas albums, I submit to you: Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album, anyone’s version of “Santa Baby” and yes, even legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s –who is Jewish— Christmas Album.

On a side note, I’m sure my Jewish friends have long since gotten over the novelty of Adam Sandler’s “The Hanukah Song,” as it seems to be the only Hanukah-related tune ever heard on the radio.

Despite my distain for many modern artists’ versions of classic Christmas songs, I held out hope when I learned that indie-folk duo, She & Him were releasing a Christmas album titled “A Very She & Him Christmas.”

Their music is often stripped down and has a nostalgic feel. I hoped it may hearken back to the carols sung by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra I actually enjoyed listening to at Grandma’s on Christmas Eve.

Zooey Deschanel’s easy, dulcet singing voice and M.Ward’s Epiphone guitar lend to that classic sound.

While there is nothing unique or original about She & Him’s version of “Have a Merry Little Christmas,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or “Sleigh Ride” that’s also a good thing. They impart their sound onto classic songs without going too far. For modern artists they put out a solid Christmas album. If you like She and Him and love Christmas music, it’s worth picking up. For me, I’d still rather listen to Bing or Frank. As far as Christmas music goes it’s a 7 out of 10, but when you stack it up to albums without that theme it falls well short.

– Braden Lammers

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About hoosierhits
The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

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