Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t new to singing. 2000′s aptly named film Duets first captured her and her vocal chops with Huey Lewis. Picking things back up with last year’s Country Song, and this year with Cee-Lo Green after taking on the role of substitute teacher Holly Holliday on FOX’s Glee has assured that she will be singing more in public and less in the shower for the foreseeable future. The recurring Paltrow and fellow Glee cast member Matthew Morrison have teamed up to record a duet of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, most notably made famous by none other than Judy Garland in the film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz”.
Countless renditions have been performed since and are referenced in the track – specifically Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version recorded in 1993 – and so the question arises: what makes this version more special than the others, if at all? Is this version more special than the others? There is no doubt when it comes to talent from both vocalists, although how much of it is natural or studio-produced is always a legitimate inquiry. However, whether or not this track will stand alone in and of itself in, say, twenty years is thankfully not up for discussion at this time.
Listen to it here via Entertainment Weekly.