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First and foremost, I love Glee (and Dianna Agron). Second, the season finale was the episode that really got me ’emotionally invested.’ I hated to see New Directions get last place. My spirits were absolutely crushed when the results were unveiled. It was like something I did not expect even though I do read spoilers. Lastly, this latest EP by the Glee Cast is good but it does have blemishes, mind that.

Material coming from the show has relied on the tried and tested formula: Ride on Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s vocals and see what happens and this becomes obvious right from the kick off. Faithfully, one of three classic tracks from Journey that got the Glee treatment in the EP, puts the spotlight on the show’s two biggest stars, Michele and Monteith. The effectiveness of the formula gets diluted in the track. When something gets used too much, the result is not going to be pretty and that is the case here. I will not deny that both stars have awesome vocals but it is just too much. Glee, after all, is not Lea Michele’s Got Talent. Proper balance in terms of the exposure for the cast must be achieved.

Just when I thought that the EP will be a huge mess, here comes the messiah of all the tracks in the EP, wrapped delicately waiting to be unleashed. I am referring to the flawless mash-up of Any Way You Want It and Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’. Mash-ups have also been another calling card of the show. Some of them have been particularly impressive especially that mash-up of Usher’s Confessions and Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life while others just fell flat like that Don’t Stand So Close To Me/Young Girl mash-up. Fortunately, the latest mash-up falls into the former. The brilliance shines very brightly that I almost forgot this is a mash-up we’re talking about.



The Queen of Pop has been fittingly given the first tribute episode in the hit TV series Glee. Madonna’s songs have been synonymous to excellence and pop perfection. Her songs are always filled with substance and with the Glee cast covering her singles for the EP, the end product should be something desirable.

Desirable, it really is. The EP may only last for seven tracks but the Glee cast do give justice to Madonna’s material. Glee and Madonna ends up as a well-done ‘marriage’ in my book. There really are loads of positives in this release albeit a short one.

One of them is that other cast members finally get the chance to show off their vocal chops. Jane Lynch, also known as Sue Sylvester, makes her debut with Vogue, one of the EP’s quality tracks. Lynch finally shows that Glee is more than a Lea Michele show. Another cast member who has her vocal debut is Naya Rivera who portrays Santana. Who would have thought that she actually has a great voice? Jayma Mays and Rivera actually make their respective vocal debuts in Like A Virgin, a track that somehow plays it safe but has its shining moment when Rivera’s vocals get some part of the limelight.

The boys in the cast, minus Matthew Morrison, team up to perform a heartwarming rendition of What It Feels Like For A Girl. Skepticism may be the initial reaction but it all ends well as the track is something well-polished and simply put, it ends up as one of the EP’s few recommended tracks. Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) join forces for 4 Minutes. The arrangement was cleverly thought of with the usage of the horns. It is reminiscent of those cheering squads who perform during the halftime of basketball games. Perfectly done, I can say the track was.

Sadly, the EP still releases an aura that tells it is still the Lea Michele show. Michele sings lead vocals for four of the seven tracks in the EP. It is not really a bad thing initially but it gets too stale for people’s tastes eventually. Of all the Michele-related tracks, it is the album closer, Like A Prayer, that stands out from the rest of the pack. The gospel vibe that the track had absolutely did wonders.

Every track in the EP can stand on its own but of course, there are those that stand out big time. 4 MinutesWhat It Feels Like For A Girl, and Vogue do stand out for it showed that other people aside from Michele can step up and deliver when it mattered the most.

Ultimately, everything ends well for the EP. The song selection is great and Cory Monteith did not even rely on the dreaded auto-tuning technology to sound great in the release. Desirable, the record really is. I bet Madonna is smiling after hearing the record. I really do.

Best Track: What It Feels Like For A Girl
Other Recommended Tracks: 4 MinutesVogue, and Like A Prayer
Genre: Pop
Date Released: April 20, 2010
Label: Columbia Records

With the American hit comedy series consistently churning out great covers of songs from the past and the not-so-distant past, Columbia Records is all set to release the third volume of songs that the show covered in the second half of its first season. The album will have a Deluxe Edition which contains 20 tracks. As for the Standard Edition, 14 tracks are included.

Track Listing (Deluxe Edition):

1. Hello Goodbye (Originally by The Beatles)
2. Gives You Hell (Originally by The All-American Rejects)
3. Hello (feat. Jonathan Groff) (Originally by Lionel Richie)
4. A House Is Not A Home (Originally by Dionne Warwick)
5. One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not A Home (feat. Kristin Chenoweth) (Originally by Barbra Streisand)
6. Beautiful (Originally by Christina Aguilera)
7. Home (feat. Kristin Chenoweth) (Originally by Stephanie Mills)
8. Physical (feat. Olivia Newton-John) (Originally by Olivia Newton-John)
9. Total Eclipse of the Heart (feat. Jonathan Groff) (Originally by Bonnie Tyler)
10. The Lady Is A Tramp (Originally by the Cast of Babes In Arms)
11. One
12. Rose’s Turn (Originally by Ethel Merman)
13. Dream On (feat. Neil Patrick Harris) (Originally by Aerosmith)
14. The Safety Dance (Originally by Men Without Hats)
15. I Dreamed A Dream (feat. Idina Menzel) (Originally heard in Les Miserables)
16. Loser (Originally by Beck)
17. Give Up The Funk (Originally by Parliament)
18. Beth (Originally by Kiss)
19. Poker Face (feat. Idina Menzel) (Originally by Lady GaGa)
20. Bad Romance (Originally by Lady GaGa)

Hopefully, the third volume delivers. I have not been impressed by the cast’s cover of Hello Goodbye to be honest. It is good though to see Kristin Chenoweth back. Her vocals are mad, I tell you. The series has been consistently great in giving justice to the original in their covers. So far, no song has been massacred or butchered by the series. Hopefully, the trend continues in Volume 3.

Release Date: May 18, 2010

With two albums on the iTunes Top 100, Glee is an unstoppable hit making machine. Currently on its mid-season hiatus and returning on April 2010 (a long time, I know), the TV series is working on giving their fans more music and drama. Meanwhile, their most recent release, Glee: The Music Volume 2, is doing quite well in the charts as our Glee stars once again deliver great sounds that the audiences love.
The second volume picks up where the first one left off, starting with songs from the show’s 9th episode Wheels. It opens with a fun-tastic rendition of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic Proud Mary. Since it first became a hit, the song has had its taste of many cool and unique covers and this one by Glee is certainly among the best of the lot. Starting out in the original blues rock fashion, it crescendos into an energetic joyride of a song. Another intensely fun track is their cover of Van Halen’s Jump. Lea Michele (Rachel) channels her inner rockstar and reaches for the high notes with ease, backed up by Cory Monteith (Finn) and his 80′s rockstar spirit.
One obvious backdrop of doing covers is that they almost always get compared to the original, especially if the original arrangement is unchanged. Or in this case, recreated precisely. Such is the problem with tracks like Endless LoveCrush and both Smile songs. Lea Michele and Matt Morrison (Will)’s voices we know are gorgeous, but the musical arrangements sound so much like the original it sounds like they’re doing karaoke. Yes, I went there. So goes with the Lily Allen cover, whose intro I can never tell apart from the original (shame on me).
The slightest tweaking can do wonders to a song. This happens in the cast’s chilling renditions of the much-covered Imagine and the equally touching dance-song-turned-acoustic version of Dancing To Myself. The Billy Idol cover was particularly impressive because it manages to transform a forceful anthem into a wistful ballad with the strums of an acoustic guitar and Kevin McHale (Artie)’s delicate singing.
Glee has been notorious for its mashups and they keep on coming with brilliant combinations of The Police’s Don’t Stand So Close To Me with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap’s Young Girl and Beyonce’s Crazy in Love with… wait for it… Hair, from the Broadway musical of the same name. With the Glee cast on the wheel, two is always better than one.
Group songs almost always turn out to be amazing for the Glee cast, who gives the show choir treatment to already musically extravagant songs like Kelly Clarkson’s My Life Would Suck Without You and The Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Upon hearing the latter, I immediately loved it because I noticed something quite remarkable; there was little to no Auto-Tune. I’m sure a lot of you who heard the track noticed that Cory sounds much better here than in the other tracks. Speaking of Cory Monteith, fans of him will be delighted by the abundance of Finn solos with I’ll Stand By You and You’re Having My Baby. The actor-turned-singer does not at all disappoint in these emotionally-driven songs, but the post-production still bugs me. Come on, these people can sing well enough, they don’t need the Auto-Tune.
Power singer Amber Riley (Mercedes) also gets her fair share of solos with the ultimate balladeer’s theme song And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, which she belts out with brilliant precision. Included in the album is Don’t Make Me Over, a song we don’t get to see on the show but, upon hearing the track, I wished we did.
A winning piece for both the fictional show choir and the singing stars of Glee is Don’t Rain On My Parade, a big band song from the Broadway show Funny Girl. From a role originated by singing legend Barbra Streisand, Lea Michele’s voice comes to soaring new heights with this song, which is powerful from beginning to end.
Overall, Glee: The Music Volume 2 is excellent as always. The excellent Glee cast manages to Glee-fy any song given to them, bringing classics and pop songs together and making them more accessible to the audiences. Here’s hoping more success to the show and with it being on its first season, there is a lot of room for improvement.
Label: Columbia Records
Date Released: December 4, 2009
Track List:
1. Proud Mary
2. Endless Love (feat. Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison)
3. I’ll Stand By You
4. Don’t Stand So Close To Me/Young Girl
5. Crush
6. (You’re) Having My Baby
7. Lean On Me
8. Don’t Make Me Over
9. Imagine
10. True Colors
11. Jump
12. Smile (feat. Lea Michele, Cory Monteith) – Lily Allen
13. Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
14. And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going
15. Don’t Rain On My Parade (feat. Lea Michele)
16. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (feat. Lea Michele)
17. My Life Would Suck Without You (feat. Lea Michele)

This post (this footer included) was contributed by Gem Carpio (VitaminGem)
Gem is 16 years old and currently a BS ECE freshman in University of the Philippines – Diliman. She enjoys music more than anything and if engineering doesn’t work out for her, she’d really like to be a performer. Her favorite song is Yellow and her favorite color is orange. She enjoys listening to fun songs from fun artists  like Mika, Lady GaGa, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Lily Allen, Kate Nash, and The Beatles. She also really likes Broadway musicals and ball games that involve knocking things over.
Her blog can be found in this link: CLICKITY CLICK

Glee is an American musical-comedy drama television series aired by Fox, the company that brought us the massive show American Idol. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, the show has garnered an average of 9.619 million viewers. Murphy has stated that he intends to create a balance of show tunes and pop tunes. In this review, we will be focusing on one of the latest pop tunes that the show has covered: Keep Holding On.

The single is dominated vocally by Lea Michele, who reprises the role of Rachel Berry in the show, and Cory Monteith, who reprises the role of Finn Hudson in the show. The duo did their best in making the cover sound great and in the eyes of this writer, they succeeded.

Vocally, Michele and Hudson did a good job in blending their voices for the duet. The backing vocals done by the rest of the Glee cast add a certain degree of richness to the song. The symphonic feeling added by the backing vocals is a huge plus to the Glee cover.

The arrangement is absolutely great. Backing vocals were great. The combo of Monteith and Michele did wonders. A great Avril Lavigne song has turned into a great show tune courtesy of the Glee cast. One may feel that he is listening to some theatrical song once he hears the great arrangement done for the cover.

However, the song does run into some problems. Monteith’s voice sounds like it has been “auto tuned” too much. A suggestion of this writer would be to stop the abuse of the “auto tune.” Monteith has the talent to sing. Stop using the “auto tune.” It only hurts Monteith’s rep. When someone has the talent, why do something that can hinder the talent from flowing continuously? As one adage said, “Why fix something that ain’t broke?”

Highlights of the song would be the great blending of Michele and Monteith’s voices. Add a stunning job done by the backing vocalists and you have a great cover knocking in your doorsteps. However, the abuse of “auto tune” on Monteith must be stopped immediately. Still, the cover is great but it does not match the greatness of the cast’s rendition of “Somebody To Love.”

Genre: Pop
Year Released: 2009
Label: Columbia Records