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Glee: The Music, Volume 2

Miscellaneous, Pop, and Soundtracks album by Glee Cast

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  • Dec 18, 2009
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Glee continues to capitalize on its popularity with its second soundtrack volume released less than a month after the first volume came out. The selection on volume 2 has more older songs than volume 1. The only recent selection is Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You”. 
There are a couple of cliché selections like “Proud Mary”, “Lean on Me”, and “Imagine”. Although I felt that the renditions of “Proud Mary” and “Lean on Me” are less than inspiring (meaning I usually end up skipping these tracks when listening to the whole album), Amber Riley’s (Mercedes) solo on “Imagine” is very soothing. I like to hear Riley’s voice on tracks other than the stereotypical gospel soul singer or R&B type stuff.
It was a travesty that “Glee: Volume 1” did not include any mash-up songs from Season 1 since “It’s My Life”/ “Confessions Part 2” is the best mash-up I’ve ever heard At least, “Glee: Volume 2” made room for Matthew Morrison’s (William Shuester) wonderfully catchy “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” / “Young Girl”.
My guilty pleasure song on this album is Cory Monteith’s (Finn) rendition of Paul Anka’s classic “(You’re) Having My Baby”. I am now aware of the bad press this song received despite hitting number one when it first came out, but I personally find the song to be sweet and cheesy. I applaud the producers/writers decision to fit this song into the script in a very appropriate way.
For the life of me, I cannot remember when Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” was in the show, but this full cast rendition is my second guilty pleasure song.   We all know that the Glee cast is more than capable of having a nearly infinite repertoire, but a song like this one where the listener can just mellow out and enjoy their voices is nicely comforting.
Finally, we get to hear Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina aka the angry Asian girl) show off her vocal skills with Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” Although there’s nothing particularly impressive about Ushkowitz’s performance on this song, I did enjoy hearing her finally being the focus of attention on this track and the track has become one of my favorites as well.
It never ceases to amaze me how well the producers are able to incorporate existing songs into their storylines. For that reason, I can forgive this soundtrack for being fuller of easy listening tracks. Personally, “Volume 1” is still my favorite “Glee” soundtrack but I tend to prefer the more contemporary songs so I’m very biased. I am still disappointed that neither volume has included the first mash-ups and several other songs available on mp3 but not on the CD soundtracks. Either way, I highly look forward to “Volume 3” and more mash-ups please!

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June 09, 2010
great breakdown! i've watched every episode, but only recently started downloading the music... strange, I know! in any case, it's SUPER fun, and really cool how many songs are appropriate to listen to even with my 3 year old. agree with your takes on proud mary and imagine too.
December 20, 2009
I am a Glee fan and just bought the CD. I love hearing old music in a new way--the entire cast is so talented. Can't wait for next season!
December 18, 2009
I cannot stop listening to "My Life Would Suck Without You." Its making my ears bleed its so insanely catchy. AND I totally agree about the mash-ups "It's My Life"/ "Confessions Part 2" and "Halo/Walking on Sunshine" They are the best.
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Quick Tip by . April 01, 2010
Great songs, includes my favorite, My Life Would Suck Without You!
review by . March 02, 2010
posted in Music Matters
There wasn't enough room on one album to contain the music renderings from the cast of GLEE and just weeks before the show's midseason hiatus, GLEE: THE MUSIC VOLUME 2 was released. Being somewhat of a Gleek, I really don't enjoy saying this, but VOLUME 2 isn't as good an overall album as VOLUME 1. The songs on the album are from the 2nd quarter of the 1st season of GLEE. The tunes include:    1. Proud Mary   2. Endless Love   3. I'll Stand By You   4. …
review by . December 08, 2009
posted in Music Matters
'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 …
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There's no such thing as too much Glee! Featuring 17 more songs from the hit FOX show including "Imagine", "Jump" and "My Life Would Suck Without You"

Track Listing:
1. Proud Mary
2. Endless Love
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 (Cover of Lily Allen Song)
13. Smile (Cover of Charlie Chaplin Song)
14. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
15. Don't Rain On My Parade
16. You Can't Always Get What You Want
17. My Life Would Suck Without You
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Label: Sony
Artist: Glee Cast
Release Date: December 8, 2009

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