Next week, She & Him, the duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, make their major-label debut with Classics, their collection of old jazz and pop standards. If you’re looking for a Christmas present for your mom, you could probably do worse; everything about this album seems calibrated to be as safe as it possibly can be. And the duo recorded the album live with a huge orchestra, so there’s at least some form of music-dork integrity to the project. We’ve already posted She & Him’s covers of Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile,” Frank Sinatra’s “Time After Time,” Goffin and King’s “Oh No, Not My Baby,” and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s “Stars Fell On Alabama.” And right now, you can stream the full album at NPR.
Classics is out 12/2 on Columbia.