- Song: "Handle with Care"
- Artist: Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
- CD: Rabbit Fur Coat
- Genre: Indie-Pop
Jenny Lewis traffics in spiky pop and sad country music as leader of Rilo Kiley, and she left a memorable impression as a backing vocalist on "Give Up," the hit debut of electronic duo The Postal Service. Both bands showcase Lewis's flair for bold but relatable confessionals, and Rabbit Fur Coat goes a step further, calling more attention to her thin but expressive vocals by using spare and unobtrusive instrumentation.
Jenny Lewis makes a name for herself, again.
On "Handle with Care," the singer tackles The Traveling Wilburys' 1988 hit, in an inspired cover that recasts the original's all-star lineup with modern-day equivalents: Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service) serves as a natural replacement for Roy Orbison, while the world-weary warble of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst stands in for the world-weary croak of Bob Dylan.
A bit brisker than the original, but without Jeff Lynne's lush production sparkle, this incarnation of "Handle with Care" could even help spark a Wilbury renaissance — both of the band's out-of-print albums are tentatively slated for reissue later this year — when it's not aiding Lewis in her richly deserved rise to stardom.
Listen to yesterday's "Song of the Day."