Album sure to bring “Glee” to all
“Glee” owes much of its credit to the past, from television shows like “Freaks and Geeks” to movies like “Pretty in Pink” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” It is also indebted to “American Idol,” a competition that has aroused the self-confidence and aspiration of every teenager who sings a G-flat in the shower. The first soundtrack includes 17 songs from the show, which is themed around a high school glee club and performed by its talented cast.
Though the vocal performances are of a finely-tuned caliber, listeners unfamiliar with “Glee” may prefer the original songs to the cover versions on the soundtrack. But the album’s diverse mix of songs has its own appeal; where else would you find a mix tape that includes tracks from Neil Diamond, Young MC, REO Speedwagon and “Cabaret”? Non-Glee-club members can also appreciate the inventive choral arrangements on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and the girls’ background harmonies on the 1989 rap hit “Bust A Move.”
Avid watchers will remember the cute teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), and his wildly entertaining dance moves as he raps on Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” feel conceited star Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) heartache as she sings into a mock microphone on Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” and reminisce to the fast-paced routine led by cheer captain Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) to the Supremes’ “Keep Me Hanging On.” They’ll relish the harmonies and recall the group’s triumph on Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and smile again at Will’s bowling-alley duet with Kristin Chenoweth on Heart’s “Alone.”
Missing from the soundtrack, though, are the memorable mash-ups of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” with Usher’s “Confessions” and Beyonce’s “Halo” with Katrina, and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine.” A second volume of “Glee” music is set to hit stores next month and listeners can hope that these tracks will be on the new mix.
Fans of Fox’s radically flippant musical comedy show will love this soundtrack. This soundtrack includes a variety of well known songs from show tunes to pop culture from the past two decades. It’s top notch singing is sure to keep people tuned in to the hit show and shoppers buying the soundtrack for everyone on their Christmas list.
Jacalyn Estrada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.