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on 8 June 2017
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on 20 May 2017
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on 2 May 2017
Well worth the money - 5*
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on 9 December 2011
It is impossible to ignore the fact that of late, Glee - previously such a cultural phenomenon - has a suffered an not insignificant decline in popularity. This is characterised by the fact that US and UK television ratings are significantly down from last season, and the charting of major songs is not what it used to be, to say the least...

It makes sense that as the 'offspring' (as each Glee album is) of the first section (because 8/22 is hardly a half, is it?) of the third season, the album is less spectacular and less 'passionate' than previous Glee albums and like many Glee albums beforehand (though never to this degree, I think) has failed to accurately select the best tracks of the season.

Let's start with the high moments.

"You Can't Stop the Beat" is an excellent Glee cover; Lea Michele's slow beginning is beautiful and as a unifying whole, this song comes across nicely, like many a season 1 Glee cover. "Somewhere" within the context of the show was a little confused (it was the only interaction between Rachel and her biological mother and yet was left in the show as ambiguous as to whether it actually ever took place) but as a duet between the SPECTACULAR Menzel and Michele, it is very very good. (Though we doubt anything will ever beat Season 1's Poker Face.) "Fix You" was also very good within the show and warrants mention on this album. Finally, "Rumour Has It/Someone Like You", which hit the US charts at no. 11, is a fantastic cover, very emotional and skilfully composed together and it would be inconceivable to have missed it off the album.

And now we come to the low points.

There are many songs on this album that simply don't cut it. "Run the World (Girls)" demonstrates - as if we needed telling - that Heather Morris's talent is dancing, not singing, and unfortunately it's impossible to see her dance while listening to the CD. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is frankly uninteresting. And as for the Jackson songs, because they miss so much of the original New Directions they just don't have that energising Sectionals feel those songs should have.

And now we come to my rant: THE OMISSIONS.

"I Kissed A Girl" - so much has been publicised of Santana's coming out, yet they couldn't ever be bothered to include her coming out celebration song?

And what really annoys me:

Every year after the intense energy of the competitive songs for Sectionals (You Can't Always Get What you Want, Valerie etc.) the glee club as a whole sings one song to Mr Schuester. It is a tradition. Season 1's glorious, "My Life Would Suck Without You", was included in Vol 2; last year's beautiful, "Dog Days are Over" was not included in vol 4; and this year, "We are Young", probably one of the best covers Glee has produced this year - you'll see it hit the US charts later this week, if it goes as well as it has been doing - and the dwindling Gleek community as a whole appreciates this. SO WHY NOT INCLUDE IT ON THE ALBUM WHEN YOU KNEW HOW WONDERFUL IT SOUNDED?

Anyway: to conclude, this does not meet the standard of previous Glee albums and has several glaring omissions, yet as a still loyal Glee fan, I suppose it's worth purchasing.
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on 7 December 2011
I have all these albums. Oddly. To me this is by far the weakest. I'm not exactly in the key Glee demographic but it's a bit of a guilty pleasure.

So i've enjoyed the other albums, not in their entirety, but i skip through and find a good few songs i really enjoy. It's the same with this album too, but just to a much lesser extent, only a couple of songs i already like, of them, at least one is done a cappella and a bit annoying.

I realise the gleek mafia are going to hammer me for this. But it's true. On the plus side I'm glad to see that they've gone back to the big numbered cover design and the album is 71 minutes long.

Notwithstanding this of your kid is a big fan of the show then this will be ideal for christmas.

It's also probably worth mentioning that the album contains the word 'testicles' - an odd thing to point out i know, but it may be of interest to someone.
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on 19 March 2012
If you check the Wikipedia entry for this CD


you'll notice that there's a "Target exclusive" (i.e. totally out of reach for any European) edition that contains 20 instead of the here offered 15 tracks.

I'm still watching season 1 and don't know how good these additional tracks are, but I think it's a travesty to get fobbed off with this abridged version where a quarter of the tracks is missing.
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on 27 January 2012
I have all the Glee-cds and this one is nice and like the other Glee-cd's. There are some great songs on it! The Adele-mash-up Rumor Has It/Someone Like You is amazing! I can hear it over and over again.
But for the first time I really don't like a few songs (Hot For The Teacher & Run The World) and I would have expected other songs from the episodes to be on the cd, like 'Perfect' and 'I Kissed A Girl'. I really liked those Glee-versions, but they're not on this cd! I will download them I think.
But if you're a true fan: buy this cd (or download the songs you like).
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on 27 December 2011
One thing major TV companies don't realise is when programmed transfer from free channels (E4) to pay to view (Sky 1) not all the fans including myself will go with the series, and are not prepared to pay ridiculous satellite charges just for a few programmes.it works out cheaper to but the episodes for keeps. However that should not have effected the quality of the music or the production of the programme. which being a tight fisted person, have seen round a friends. Series three suffers from a lack of good song choices which has been highlighted by other reviews and also not using the great voices of Cory Monteith. Darren Criss now appears to be the main singer, OK Criss is good I am sure everyone is aware that a lot of cast are leaving after this season, the problem is not only with the music being not as strong as previous collections, also the stories that accompany the songs just do not have the spark of the first two seasons, well that's my personal opinion. What is also interesting due to the drop in views the music has not been hitting the download charts like the previous two seasons, so in the end perhaps Sky did buy it at the right time.
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on 8 February 2012
Glee: The Music, Volume 7
Iam very satisfied with this order i bought it for some one
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on 1 March 2012
This was bought for my teenage daughter. She is an avid Glee fan and is, to put it mildly, very pleased with it!
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