9. She and Him, Volume Two
“That won’t stop me crying over you.”
She and Him -- Zooey Deschanel and singer/songwriter M. Ward – made waves in 2008 with Volume One, a collection of songs that were charmingly retro and impressively modern all at once. Gifted with a larger production budget, the two have once again crafted a compelling soundworld; penned entirely by Deschanel (aside from a couple of covers), songs like “In the Sun” and “Over It Over Again” strike the balance between melancholy and pep so many musicians mastered in the 60s and 70s, but are far from just a nostalgia trip. They’re vibrant and compelling – a new canon to melt the hearts of a new, more cynical generation.