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You & I is a song recorded by English-Irish boy-band One Direction, taken from their third studio album Midnight Memories (2013). It was written by Julian Bunetta, John Ryan and Jamie Scott, with production being handled by Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. "You & I" was released as the album's fourth and final single, first impacting US contemporary hit radio on 15 April 2014 by Columbia Records and later being released in Europe on 23 May 2014.

BackgroundEdit

After their successful second album, Take Me Home, which sold over 5 million copies, and their first documentary and concert movie, One Direction: This Is Us, the band announced their third studio album. "[It's a] very rock direction," Liam Payne said. "We actually spent a lot of time writing this album. We're very proud of it, so we can't wait for it to come out. It's very live sounding, very rock-y," he continued, before also describing it as "quite retro". "But it's very different so we are hoping people will kind of adjust to the music with us." One of the album's collaborators, Julian Bunetta, who has worked with the band several times before, including tracks for their 2012 album Take Me Home and their Comic Relief charity single, "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)", talked about the album during an interview with MTV News, teasing, "I can't really say, but it’s gonna be pretty cool. I mean it's just... I mean obviously we’re working on new music but they didn’t say what the new music is for. It might be for nothing. It might only be for my ears ... or, it might be something that gets put out for the world to hear." Eventually, Bunetta co-wrote and co-produced nine out of the fourteenth tracks off the standard edition, one of them was "You & I".

ReceptionEdit

The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Chris Payne of Billboard called it a "slow jam, which sounds ready to get middle school gyms in a slowdance frenzy." Michael Cragg of Mirror described the song as "a delicate, acoustic guitar-lead ballad that sounds very 'adult'" and likened it to the work of Snow Patrol. Tim Sendra of AllMusic called it a "cinematically swoony ballad" that "shows the group have a sure-handed way with a big ballad and can tap into some real emotion." Annie Zaleski of The A.V. Club agreed, writing that to handle more grown-up songs, their voices have matured and deepened enough," citing the "syrupy soft rock ballad" 'You and I as an example. [1]

Commercial PerformanceEdit

On 1 December 2013, "You & I" debuted at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart, due to strong digital downloads after the release of Midnight Memories. Later, the song re-entered at number 49, on 27 April 2014, after the release of its music video, becoming that week "best comeback". The song kept on climbing the following weeks, until it reached number 44, on 11 May 2014. However, after the official release as a single, the song climbed to number 22. In Ireland, the song also debuted after the release of the album, charting at number 45, on the week ending 28 November 2013. Similar to the UK, it re-entered at number 47, after the music video's release, before climbing from number 33 to number 7, after its official release. It became the band's eleventh top-ten single there.

Music VideoEdit

One Direction - You & I04:05

One Direction - You & I

CountdownEdit

LyricsEdit

[Niall]
I figured it out
I figured it out from black and white
Seconds and hours
Maybe they had to take some time

[Liam]
I know how it goes
I know how it goes from wrong and right
Silence and sound
Did they ever hold each other tight like us?
Did they ever fight like us?

[Harry]
You and I
We don't wanna be like them
We can make it till the end
Nothing can come between you and I
Not even the Gods above
Can separate the two of us
No nothing can come between you and I
Oh, you and I

[Zayn]
I figured it out
Saw the mistakes of up and down
Meet in the middle
There's always room for common ground

[Louis]
I see what it's like
I see what it's like for day and night
Never together
Cause they see things in a different light like us
Did they ever try like us?

[Harry]
You and I
We don't wanna be like them
We can make it till the end
Nothing can come between you and I
Not even the Gods above
Can separate the two of us

[Instrumental]

[Zayn]
'Cause You and I

[All]
We don't wanna be like them
We can make it till the end
Nothing can come between you and I
Not even the Gods above
Can separate the two of us
No nothing can come between you and I
Oh, you and I
You and I
We could make it if we try
You and I, you and I

AudioEdit

One Direction - You & I (Radio Edit) Official Audio03:51

One Direction - You & I (Radio Edit) Official Audio


Click here to listen to it on Deezer


ReferencesEdit

  1. wikipedia.org - Background and Reception

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