Okay, for me, Zooey Deschanel‘s version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from Elf was eye-opening. In her voice I could hear that jazzy/country thing that made me a big fan of Robinella Contreras — subtle shades of Ella Fitzgerald mixed with a little Patsy Cline or Loretta Lynn or something! I don’t know. I just liked it. So, I was glad to discover a few days ago that she would be putting out an album (with M. Ward) as a little duo called “She & Him.”
I had the fortune of hearing some radio sessions they had done (for PR purposes, I suppose), and really enjoyed Deschanel’s vocals again. So, now I’m listening to their album, Volume One, and I keep saying to myself: “Yeah…” This is good stuff. Out of step with what’s going on amongst her peers in the music scene (Deschanel and I are the same age, I believe), but both refreshing and a throwback to older musical forms.
Again, in her vocals, I find those jazzy shades, but on the album I’m hearing more Loretta Lynn and Jeannie C. Riley. In fact, I’d fall over myself to hear Deschanel sing “Harper Valley PTA.”
If you have secret love for older country music, especially strong female vocals, picking up Volume One might not be a bad idea. I just can’t help but smile as I listen to it.
Okay, back to writing…