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5.0 out of 5 stars Glee does the holidays!, 29 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album (Audio CD)
They've done Madonna... they've done Britney. This time the folks at Glee tackle numerous festive numbers just in time for the holiday season. It's a great collection of songs and one that will no doubt be enjoyed by even those unfamiliar with the show. For the most part the songs are very different to anything Glee has done before.

The solo lead numbers come in the form of Lea Michelle [Rachel] taking on 'O Holy Night' and 'Merry Christmas Baby' (typically more musical theatre influenced as you would expect from her character). Amber Riley [Mercedes] performs the traditional 'Angels We Have Heard On High' in a very pleasant upbeat gospel version and Matthew Morrison [Will] does a very slow and chilled out Michael Buble-esque 'O Christmas Tree'. I didn't care so much for the 'Mr Grinch' number but it's very different and perhaps will make more sense when the accompanying episode is screened.

Cory Monteith [Finn], Mark Salling [Puck] and Kevin McHale [Artie] feature on a toe-tapping, upbeat jazz reworking of 'Jingle Bells'. Newcomer and fan favorite Darren Criss [Blaine] duets with Chris Colfer [Kurt] on a jazz piano/string arrangement of 'Baby It's Cold Outside'. A great addition and will surely add further to his growing popularity.

The ensemble numbers include 'The Most Wonderful Day of the Year' and 'We Need A Little Christmas' which have a very 'classic holiday movie' feel; infact they could've come straight out of a Christmas musical from the 60s.

'Deck the Rooftop' samples the traditional 'Deck the Halls' and is one of the more poppy, catchy, contemporary numbers. The collection is rounded off with the Glee girls taking on a beautifully stripped down R&B take on the traditional 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman'. All the girls really get to stand out on this one including Naya Rivera [Santana] and Dianna Agron [Quinn]. 'Last Christmas' is about the only contemporary pop number found on this collection but it's a welcome one at that! Unfortunately if you wanted to see more Chord Overstreet [Sam] he is almost unrecognisable on the ensemble numbers and Jane Lynch [Sue] is evidently missing.

Glee and the holidays are definitely a great match. One for any fan of Glee or Christmas pop albums!
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Initial post: 19 Dec 2010 09:19:27 GMT
Kathi Rose says:
Jenna Ushkowitz plays Tina, not Quinn.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2010 22:01:21 GMT
Benson says:
Thank you! Typo!
UPDATE: Only select tracks from this CD feature in the accompanying episode and an ac cappella 'traditional choir' style track 'Welcome Christmas' does not appear here
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