SONG OF THE DAY: July 25th

Written by Steve Pierce on . Posted in Music

Wilco (feat. Feist), “You And I”

To commemorate the great Jeff Tweedy gracing the cover of the August issue of Spin Magazine that showed up in my mailbox yesterday, we’ll enjoy the sublime “You And I” off the band’s latest disc, Wilco (The Album), as today’s Song of the Day. Chances are many of you probably aren’t/haven’t listened to Wilco — and that is a huge mistake. While their later releases have never quite measured up to 2002′s iconic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Tweedy and company remain one of the best American rock bands in a generation. Disarmingly consistent, Wilco brings the heat every time; I remain unsure if they’ve ever recorded a substandard song.

Featuring the vocal brilliance of Canadian songstress Feist, “You And I” is a sweet little ditty that proves Wilco’s ever advancing ages do not translate into a correlating musical irrelevance. Not exactly a barn-burner rife with the experimentation of their Yankee Hotel Foxtrot or Summerteeth days, the song evokes a more mature, self-assured side that shows Tweedy (whose 13-year-old son writes a pretty prolific blog) settling down without settling for mediocrity. The vocals are stunning, with Feist and the Wilco frontman’s voices blending together in a gorgeous duet, while the band sounds as tight as ever on the sparse accompaniment. Included below are the album version of the track and the group’s excellent recent performance (with Feist in tow) on Letterman. Enjoy.

Listen to: Wilco (feat. Feist), “You And I”

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