She & Him make music for an eternal springtime, when the temperature is warm enough to go riding with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up. What began as a fascinating, no-strings attached collaboration on 2008’s Volume Onehas evolved into a bona-fide touring band, and with 2010’s Volume Two She & Him are here to stay. Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward are as complementary a musical pair as Les Paul and Mary Ford; hearing them on “Fools Rush In” feels like getting together with two old friends. Their song choice fits their sound, both admirers of the beautifully constructed pop that sprung from the radio in the 1960s and ’70s.
Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer collaborated on several songs in the ’40s, though “Fools Rush In” is considered their timeless classic. Cover versions of the song are numerous, though teen-idol Rick Nelson’s 1963 version is perhaps the most critically loved. While only reaching #12 on the Billboard pop charts that year, his version’s everlasting impression on country, folk and rockabilly music for decades after is a testament to his legacy.
True to the spirit of his original, She & Him re-craft this enduring classic and give it a touch of torch, a bit of country western and a gentle dusting of the rockabilly that was Rick Nelson’s passion.
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