The UPS man made me very happy yesterday (minds out of the gutter, please!): he brought me a box from Amazon.com that contained several items--but I dug to the bottom to get the Glee: The Music, Volume 1 CD that I'd been waiting for.
I put it in my car this morning and listened to it on my way to volunteer and then around town doing errands and back home. Wow! This CD is positively Glee-ful!
While there is a mix of up-tempo and ballad, I could have wished for a few more up-tempo numbers myself. There is also a mix of solos and group numbers and a few that are both (solo in the verses and group in the chorus). The harmonies are really sweet.
Amber Riley (Mercedes) does a wonderful job bringing the power as front woman on both Bust Your Windows and Hate on Me. Lea Michele (Rachel) does beautiful renditions of the ballads Take a Bow and Taking Chances as a soloist. My favorite full-cast numbers so far are Don't Stop Believin' and the wonderful Somebody to Love, both of which I was blasting at full volume and singing to while in the car. :) Personally, I find Cory Monteith (Finn) one of the weaker singers in the cast, at least in terms of solos, but when he sings as part of the group or with a strong voice like Michele's, his voice is sweet and capable. There are two songs (Maybe This Time and Alone) featuring Kristin Chenowith from her guest starring role on the show.
After only one listen, I'm loving most of the cuts and I think this is going to be the kind of CD that I will love more and more as I listen to it repeatedly.
The "Glee does Madonna" CD is out this week and that should prove to be a winner, too!
Back in May of 2009, FOX made one of the biggest gambles in recent television history. The network decided to air the pilot of one of the new fall shows just before summer. The thinking was that doing so would build an audience and build the hype for the fall. However, there was a huge danger in that people would forget about the show and no matter how good it was it would die an early death. That show was GLEE and the gamble paid off tremendously because GLEE is by far the best new show on television … more
In case you've been living under a rock for the past few months, 'Glee' is probably among the best in terms of new television shows to arrive this season. 'Glee' is your typical high school drama mixed with heavy doses of atypical popular music packed into each episode. In a way, 'Glee' is Fox's version of Disney's 'High School Music' franchise except better acted and with a far better soundtrack. This first volume of music comes from the show's first nine episodes and features a variety of music … more
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