I absolutely love this cover. Slow heartfelt vocals, beautiful backing harmonies and the instrumentation is gorgeous. I think there might be a dobro or something in there too, giving it that wonderful yearning treatment. Or maybe it’s a pedal steel. Whatever it is, it’s beautiful!
Flaming Lips covers are pretty hit and miss usually, but I’ve found one that I reckon works pretty well. It’s a pretty straight delivery, but there are a few spacey sound effects scattered throughout that do give it a bit of a quirky feel.
Ingrid Michaelson has a stunning voice and this cover is lovely, but think that it would’ve been a lot better if she hadn’t done all the dressy bits with her voice and just sung it straight.
Here’s my favourite version of ‘Rainbow’. Simple ukulele and wistful vocals. Absolutely beautiful.
Image from here.