Glee: The Music, The Power Of Madonna
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This mini-album features the cast of Glee’s distinctive and unique take on such Madonna classics as “Like A Virgin”,“Express Yourself,” “Vogue,” “Like A Prayer” and more. The Material Girl herself expressed her love of Glee and gave them free reign over her catalogue for a special Madonna themed episode.
It's starting to look as if Glee is inventing its own alternate reality, similar to our own in almost every way, except all music is slightly gussied up, and sung in plummier voices.
Madonna's music already runs at a fairly high level of gussy, so these seven songs, taken from a one-off episode, are incredibly faithful to the originals. Apart from the precise, Broadway diction of the singers, every last breath, beat, spoken aside and synth stab on this special EP (Glee-P, anyone?) has been painstakingly recreated from the source material.
At its best, it's a loving homage; at worst it's like the re-made pop music retailers play in shops to avoid paying proper royalties. The closer to verisimilitude they get, the more you notice the things that aren't quite right. Express Yourself and Like a Prayer, for example, are so faithful to Madonna's versions that there's a hole where her voice should be. It's unsettling.
When they mash-up Borderline and Open Your Heart by juxtaposing segments of the song in a haphazard fashion, you'd be forgiven for wondering if the musical directors are a little out of their depth. Having said that, the decision to get all the boys to sing What It Feels Like for a Girl is inspired, and represents a genuinely powerful musical moment that doesn't need the TV show's plot to make it fly.
Which is the point at which all criticism of Glee's music falls down, really. As they are essentially photocopies of the originals, the songs depend on the context of the show to make sense. So listening to the album on musical merits alone is close to pointless.
Then again, why would anyone be listening to this without having seen the show? --Fraser McAlpine
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Top Customer Reviews
So thats what they have done and hit number 1 in the usa in the process. These tracks are select cuts from the madonna glee episode and while fun and catchy they will never capture the greatness of the originals. however its still a great effort and worth a look. Fans of glee will love it and madonnas back calalogue opens up to a new generation.
'BURNING UP' is the best song by far and Jonathan Groff tears. it. up! Shame it's missing here because it's the highlight of the album. It's on itunes, so i'd STRONGLY recommend getting just that song.
'4 minutes' and surprisingly 'Borderline/Open Your Heart' are also highlights.
The rest are amazing too, 'Express Yourself' - really fun song.
'Vogue' - it's Sue Sylvester, so nuff said (Will Schuester, I hate you) so funny.
'Like a Virgin' - real good mid section with Naya (Santana) who's amazing.
'What it feels like for a Girl' - good stuff, great harmonies - Kevin's (Artie) awesome as always.
'Like a Prayer' - an amazing song whoever sings it, but Amber's (Mercedes) voice makes it POW.
Overall it's brilliant, so just get it.
I watched the episode online and it's fantastic-The songs are some of the best from the show
The vocals are perfect. Jane Lynch is fabulous as well which surprised me a little
The songs are
Express yourself-Great fun song
Borderline/Open your heart-Amazing
Vogue-Jane Lynch (Sue) sings this and it is brilliant as is the video
Like a virgin-Great song. Its very natuaral whhich nice
4 Minutes-Great song. Its sung by Mercedes and Kurt. Its my 2nd favourite and catchy as hell
What it feels like for a girl-Good song sung by the boys which is kinda funny-Not the best though
Like a prayer-Absoloutly amazing song. Rachels voice at the beginning is so incredible. My fave song
So make sure you get this album as it's going to be epic
My personal favorites are 'Like a Virgin', 'Like a Prayer', 'Express Yourself' and '4 minutes'. However, the best track has GOT to be Vogue. Jane Lynch's vocals are fantastic and the video to the track, which can easily be seen on YouTube, is utterly sublime. I do think they missed a trick by not having 'Hung up' in the episode but for a Madonna fan, or just a Glee fan, this album is a definite buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent speedy service,well,packaged ,the Cd is brilliant and if like me you have watched all six seasons you will be thrilled.Published 12 months ago by Mrs. S. M. Ralph
I don't usually like Madonnas music, but this album had great covers on!!Published 22 months ago by EmilyyAndrews