Glee: The Music Volume 1

2009-12-02 08:58
Glee: The Music, Volume 1
The show centres on a bunch of 'misfits' who join Glee Club at school and perform musical choir numbers. For starters, each song relates to a pivotal moment in the characters' lives. Furthermore, this relatable and intuitive selection of music is delivered through incredible, emotive and utterly adorable voices. Sing it with me, sistas!

Gleeks fell in love with the show and cast because of one song: Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". This powerful rendition at the end of episode one not only introduces their talent, but also sets the bar for the rest of the series. You'll be humming and tweeting "Just a small town girl...".

It's so hard not to gush about this. Lea Michelle plays Rachel, the diva extraordinaire who eats, breathes and sleeps her life on stage. Her full, pitch-perfect voice is equally suited to pop hits like Rihanna's "Take A Bow" as it is to theatrical musical numbers like "Defying Gravity" from Wicked.

Lea's male counterpart is 27-year-old Cory Monteith who plays the shy star quarterback Finn Hudson with the secret ability to sing his way into your heart. His voice is demure but full of heart, and it takes flight on REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" . He delivers another star performance on his duet with Lea as they cover Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks' "No Air".

So many fantastic voices, so little page space. There would be no Glee without Mr Will Schuester played by Matthew Morrison. "Gold Digger" is the hippest, funkiest song on the album and Eminem, watch out, here's a white rapper waiting to take you on! Admittedly, the cast don't do much in the way of rearranging the songs, but perhaps keeping true to the originals is a way of remaining accessible to the audience.

If you ever needed a definition of a triple threat, here you have a whole bunch. These stars act, sing and dance, but most impressive of all is that they do it all together. Sometimes it seems surreal that these kids are considered the school 'geeks' when they are everything we admire in our pop culture icons today, sprinkled with a healthy dose of innocence.

Glee's biggest voice "ain't no Kelly Rowland!" It's Mercedes Jones played by the formidable Amber Riley. She'll "Bust Your Windows" with her perfect tone and massive volume. With just the few closing notes on "Somebody To Love", she steals the track from the class diva.

Okay, just one more. Mark Salling plays the obnoxious Puck who joins Glee only for his ulterior motives. Salling is an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right, and while other musicians may not want to pimp themselves out this way, Glee has put him on the map. He takes on Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and completely nails it with a sincerity that's very unusual for his character.

Let's not forget about Kevin McHale as Artie and his impressive guitar skills as well as the cheerleader Quinn Fabray, played by the heart-stoppingly beautiful Dianna Agron. She may portray a broken heart on "You Keep Me Hangin' On", but her voice is anything but sad.

This is an All-Star sing off and choosing a winner is impossible. Whether you watch or like the show will have no bearing on the immense amount of Glee you'll feel when listening to this music.

If you haven't seen the hit comedy musical series on M-Net, you're missing out. But thanks to this album, you can enjoy the essence of what makes Glee such an addictive show: the music.

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