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Track-by-track review of Glee: The Music, Volume 1

November 7, 2009

Only four more days until a new episode of Glee – are you excited yet, Gleeksters? If you haven’t yet gotten your hands on the new soundtrack yet, I highly recommend it in helping you get through these next few days. And, as promised, here’s my track-by-track review of the album. Overall the album is fun and entertaining, but some songs definitely work better when they’re accompanied by their original video. Read on to learn which songs still rock and which ones suffer without Will’s ridiculous white-boy dancing skillz (yes, with a “z”).

Don't Stop Believin'

"Don't Stop Believin'": The song that started it all

1. “Don’t Stop Believin’”: I purchased the mp3 of this song off of iTunes long before I owned the complete soundtrack, so you know I love this one.  Fantastic, as always, and oh so powerful. Thanks for making Journey popular again, New Directions!

2. “Can’t Fight This Feeling”: Cory Monteith, you know I love you, but you yourself note in every interview you give that you’re not a trained singer. And, well, it kind of shows when you’re  given a 3:30 minute, overproduced solo rock ballad. This one was better when he did it in the shower.

3. “Gold Digger”: One of the only Matthew Morrison rap tracks that I think still works without the dancing. It’s still cut and still fun, although it probably would’ve been better if it stuck to its original TV length without the unnecessary added ending.

Take a Bow

"Take a Bow": Rachel (Lea Michele) displays her strong vocal chops

4. “Take a Bow”: Fantastic – this is definitely my favourite Lea Michele track. She’s so strong on this song, and it’s a million times more listenable than Rihanna’s original version, in my opinion.

5. “Bust Your Windows”: Amber Riley rocks this song, as per usual, and I actually like it better without the ridiculous back-up dancing from the Cheerios at the car wash.

6. “Taking Chances”: Again, this is a strong performance by Lea Michele, but for me it kind of feels like a less awesome “Take a Bow” because of its similar style and theme. Also, I find it weird to have a full version of this song when it was so minimally important and only about 30 seconds long in the show itself.

7. “Alone”: I’d never heard Kristin Chenoweth sing anything until I heard her sing this song, and hot damn, she totally rocked it. Her and Matthew Morrison harmonize wonderfully together, and I’m very happy to have the full version of this song on the album so that we get to hear them switch roles on later verses.

8. “Maybe This Time”: Again, Kristin Chenoweth is amazing on this song, as is  Lea Michele. It still blows me away how similar their voices sound in this song, and when I listen to it without the video, I find it hard to tell who is singing which part at times! A fantastic duet.

9. “Somebody to Love”: This song is one of my favourites, without a doubt. Sure it’s adorable with the video, but this one stands alone fantastically well. And it’s great to hear the whole song with Artie getting a verse to himself!

Hate On Me

"Hate On Me": Mercedes (Amber Riley) kicks so much ass on this track

10. “Hate On Me”: This track is Amber Riley at her best. She just oozes with attitude in this one! Very happy to have the extended version of this song just to listen to how amazing she sounds.

11. “No Air”: While this song is a bit too sappy for my tastes, I do think that Lea Michele  and Cory Monteith complement each other very well on this track. I’m not too sure I needed this 4:30 minute long version with a rather ridiculous interlude in the middle though, but that might just be me.

12. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”: I love how effortlessly Dianna Agron fits into the ’60s girl group vibe of this song. Seriously spot-on awesome. Oh, and this is also a song that I prefer without the video accompaniment because I find the Cheerios backup dancing on this one to be a bit strange.

13. “Keep Holding On”: Although this isn’t my favourite of the big group ballads, this still gets a positive vote from me, even though I’m not a fan of the original Avril version. The group ballad songs just rock, with or without the video.

14. “Bust a Move”:
I’m a bit tired of Matthew Morrison rapping in almost every episode, and I actually find that the best part of those songs is usually the hilarious dancing that ensues. So, this one isn’t really a winner for me on its own.

Sweet Caroline

"Sweet Caroline": Puck (Mark Salling) shows off his sexy crooner side

15. “Sweet Caroline”: Oh, I love this so much. Mark Salling infuses so much sexiness into this song, mmm. The only downside is that they didn’t record an extended version!

16. “Dancing With Myself”:
Kevin McHale, I love you. Your cover of Nouvelle Vague’s cover of Billy Idol’s 80s classic is perfect. You put so much style and pizzazz into this, and I seriously can’t wait to see it performed.

17. “Defying Gravity”: Admittedly, I’ve never heard the original Broadway version of this song, but I still think that Lea Michele and Chris Colfer rock this. Their voices blend together beautifully well, and I’ve had trouble getting it out of my head since I first listened to it. Well done, kids, well done.

18. “I Say a Little Prayer”: Once again, an adorable Dianna Agron track in the exact same vein as “ You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. Thanks for the bonus track, iTunes!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lyndsey permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:05 pm

    When was Journey ever not popular?

    • Suzie Gardner permalink*
      November 13, 2009 1:21 am

      Well, they were always popular with me, but not really overall with the general public, and especially not with the younger demographic that watches the show. So YAY for making everyone realize how awesome Journey is! 🙂


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