The Judgment: Old-fashioned modesty and melody bubble throughout Volume Two. And while that's not much of a surprise, considering what their debut sounded like, you never really get sick of all the sunshine–proving the potency of the duo's craft. Cutesy, Beach-Boys-indebted melodies
splash over waves of dreamy guitar and '60s pop sensibility. Showcasing M. Ward's knack for warm sonic arrangements, “Thieves” opens the album
with orchestral textures and the deliberate feel of a Sam Cooke song. As
Deschanel's soulful chirp wanders into the track, the album's
casual allure starts to take hold.
respect to the doo-wop and folk ancestries that inform their work, She
& Him crank out some bright cover songs, including their
drum-driven rendition of NRBQ's “Ridin' In My Car.” Late in the album,
Deschanel's vocals are utterly disarming on the
Skeeter Davis cover, “Gonna Get Along Without You.” And you have to
wonder if songs like “In The Sun” and “Don't Look Back” had them
planning this album for a spring release long before the first track
was even recorded. Ultimately, Volume Two is an album fit for the sunny season ahead.