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Glee: The Music, Volume 2

December 8, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 4, 2009
  • Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 58:00
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  • ASIN: B002Y7KYC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,240 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Well, after listening to this second volume of music at least twice from "Glee", my fave scripted show on TV next to "Lost", and having lived with Volume 1 since its release & having met the 8 main "kids" (they're all in their 20s, not exactly kids, even tho they play highschoolers in a gleeclub), I must say they possibly outdid Volume 1, in that Volume 2 is a little deeper, not so obvious, a bit more creative in song choices and fresh arrangements...plus, like Volume 1, these songs can work equally well in the show's plotlines and as an actual ALBUM in itself...with highs, lows, peaks and valleys, a beginning, middle & end. Here's the breakdown:

1. Proud Mary (9/10)...fun reworking of the John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival tune, covered previously by Ike & Tina Turner...the Glee Cast's version is like Ike & Tina's, stylistically, but with a fresh dose of the cast's energy...and I LOVE the brass section...espesh the bari sax, nice start...it works equally well here without the visuals of the performance in wheelchairs too.

2. Endless Love (9/10)...a sweet reworking of the 1981 Lionel Richie/Diana Ross duet that was also covered by the late Luther Vandross & my schoolmate Mariah Carey (yes I actually went to HS with her)...yes on the show, Matt Morrison's Will and Lea Michele's Rachel duetting on this was both funny and beyond awkward, but as a recording, it's as good as either of the prior two versions...I used to HATE it back in 1981...I was 13, whattaya expect, but I appreciate it now, and both are in great form and blend well together.

3. I'll Stand By You (9/10)...
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'Glee: The Music, Vol. 2' features 17 more songs from the first season. These are in addition to those released on Glee: The Music, Volume 1. One point of criticism right off hand; the songs featured on vol. 2 aren't as catchy and varied as those on the first volume of music. While volume 1 had songs that were very pop and upbeat, vol. 2 is heavy on songs that are a bit less pop and more on the melodramatic/slightly depressing side. As with the first volume, this doesn't include all of the songs from the 2nd quarter of the season. Missing are the tracks performed by the non-'Glee' cast, like 'Bootylicious', or the acoustic version of 'Papa Don't Preach', or the 'Hair / Crazy in Love' mash-up. While the songs on volume 2 are definitely good and are performed well above the typical cover/karaoke standard, the songs selected for this release are good but a bit similar and tame.

The Good: There are a few stand-out performances that I'm glad made it onto the release. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" performed by Amber Riley is truly one of the stand-out songs of the season this far. Riley always comes through with a big voice that one would not expect from her. While she may not get many scenes or episodes where the spotlight is on her, her voice is probably one of the best among the cast. Some of the best tracks are those that actually feature the entire cast rather than solo or duet performances (after all, the whole concept of a glee club is a group making music, right?). "Jump" and "Lean On Me" stand out as some of the best group performances, while "Endless Love" and "Smile (Charlie Chaplin Cover)" stand out as the best duets/smaller group performances.
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This new "Volume 2" album of the music from Glee contains some mighty special music. These fine artists harmonize and sing lyrics to perfection--and beyond! Sure, there's one or two tracks here that may be not quite as good as others; but the rest of what we get is so remarkably good that I'll be holding onto this CD for quite some while to come! The quality of the sound is good and I like the artwork; we also get credits in the liner notes that list who sings which number.

"Proud Mary" by John Fogerty starts the track set off with a strong number. Amber Riley impresses me with her fine singing; and Amber along with Kevin McHale, Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz handle complex tempo and key changes like champs! That chorus is vibrant to say the least; and how's about that brass? "Endless Love" is performed with great sensitivity by Mathew Morrison and Lea Michele; the music fits perfectly with their vocals and they never miss a beat, either! Moreover, "I'll Stand by You" moves me with its natural beauty.

Listen for yet another gem in their rendition of "Lean on Me;" Kevin McHale and Amber Riley never let go of a single superfluous note and the backup singers enhance the beauty of this classic tune. Their excellent diction enhances their performance, too; and they do "Lean on Me" with lots of terrific energy. "Don't Make Me Over" is sung by Amber Riley and it just couldn't be better while "Imagine" gets a most sensitive treatment by Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele.

Another electric tune is definitely "Jump" which is performed by Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Kevin McHale and Amber Riley. I love it!
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