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January 16, 2012

She and Him – Christmas Day

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She and Him - Christmas Day

Christmas singles are like the ponchos of the musical world; it doesn’t matter how cool you are, people just can’t seem to pull them off. She & Him (aka hipster pin-up Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) clearly felt they were up to the challenge, and put a whole album’s worth together for A Very She & Him Christmas. New single ‘Christmas Day’ is a joyous little throwback to a time when Christmas singles used to be, well, pretty damn good.

Their trademark 60s sound is particularly appropriate here, evoking those classic Christmas records by the likes of Brenda Lee or Love Unlimited. Its California surf sound with a rock’n’roll swing creates an ambient but infectious little tune, and Zooey Deschanel’s almost child-like vocals add the touch of innocence needed to make the twee Christmas sentiment convincing.

Those of you familiar with their back catalogue ‘Christmas Day’ will not disappoint; Sweet as a candy cane and marginally better for your teeth, I can guarantee this is one Crimbo cracker that won’t turn out to be a turkey.


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