Some voices just can’t duet well, IMO, and before I heard the latest entry in Beck’s improvised cover album project, I thought Jeff Tweedy’s was among the lot. Don’t get me wrong: the guy is one of the best singers around, but Wilco (The Album)’s Feist-featured track “You And I” was a tad underwhelming (n’est-ce pas?) and that’s the only Tweedy duet which springs to mind. Thankfully, the pair reconvened at Beck’s rock star magnet of a studio in Los Angeles for an inspired version of Skip Spence’s “Broken Heart,” and proved me dead wrong.
Truth be told, the Feist-fronted “Weighted Down” is probably the best offering from Beck and company’s “Record Club” series thus far, but it was “Broken Heart” that most surprised this fan. There’s something about the video that could be lifted from an I Am Trying to Break Your Heart bonus disc or worthy of standing alongside the seemingly one-off feat of Feist’s stunning “I Feel it All” video.
It looks like other formerly August de Wilde-photographed musicians are jamming on this track (Nels Cline, Jamie Lidell, Beck probably), but Tweist truly steal the show. Watch it here or below: