Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, together better known as She & Him, just released an album of covers called Classics. Their take on perhaps the greatest classic of all, however, doesn’t even appear on the album. The Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” is often mentioned as possibly the greatest song of all time, whatever that means to you. What it means for She & Him (and anyone hoping to cover it) is finding a way to do the song in a new way without completely wilting in comparison to the original.
Mission accomplished. This is an understated take, with some light guitar strums and drums replacing the lush, orchestral instrumentation of the original. Deschanel’s voice is the focal point as it’s multiplied into sweet harmonies of Brian Wilson‘s even sweeter lyrics. It’s a commendable effort from the folksy duo, and while it’s not going to replace the original in hearts and minds anytime soon, it’s truly easy listening.