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Glee: the Music-the Power of Madonna
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2010 mini album from the cast of the hit TV show Glee. This exciting release finds the Glee-sters celebrating the music of Pop diva Madonna! Features seven tracks including 'Like A Prayer', 'Express Yourself', 'Borderline/Open Your Heart' and more.
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The Good: The best part of the album at times is how the 'Glee' versions of these songs stick very close to the originals. At times, it sounds somewhat karaoke only because the arrangements don't stray much from how we're used to hearing the songs. To me, while the 'Glee' versions of the songs plays it safe, it also does well in respecting and showing off the best of these iconic songs. I felt 'Vogue' worked best with Jane Lynch sounding very much like Madonna while tossing in a few Sue Sylvester quips to tie the song into "Glee". There were a few songs that were turned into duets, including the mash-up of "Open Your Heart / Borderline" and "Like A Virgin". The best track of them all is "Like A Prayer" in my opinion because it has a big choir accompaniment, the singing is ridiculously good and like the original, it's performed with great depth and conviction. It's been on constant repeat for me since getting the album.
The Bad: Certain songs just didn't work as well for me. '4 Minutes' felt out of place among the other songs, as if it were chosen just to give people a modern Madonna song they'd know. It's a duet between Kurt and Mercedes and to me, based on the few episodes we've been treated to where Chris Colfer (Kurt) sings, it really sounds nothing like Kurt and makes me wonder how much of the vocals were or have been auto-tuned. That thought or concern usually doesn't come up with me in regards to 'Glee'. Also, I felt "Express Yourself" felt a bit flat and really karaoke. As with a lot of 'Glee' songs, the actually performance on the episode may prove better than the stand-alone track. I was excited to see "What It Feels Like for a Girl" included since it's one of those songs from Madonna that hardly gets mentioned. Again I felt the performance within the show may prove better than the stand-alone track which is performed by the guys and meant to be sentimental and reach out to the females in the choir to let them know the guys are sensitive and aware of their issues and feelings. It just didn't work for me.
Overall, 'The Power of Madonna' is a good selection of songs and I look forward to seeing how many of the songs fit into or are performed in the actual show. I kind of felt the overall album is 3.5 stars just because I was split down the middle when it comes to how I felt about the music and vocals. There are some things that don't figure into my review, such as being somewhat let down that the producers had free-range to choose from all of Madonna's songs and catalog but they ended up choosing her biggest old hits. I would really have been interested in seeing some of Madonna's lesser known tracks woven in rather than "4 Minutes" or "Express Yourself" or even a few more songs from the 1990s and late 2000s when Madonna mixed it up a bit and started experimenting with new styles within the dance genre. That's just me and my opinions though and it didn't influence how I came down on the songs that were chosen and performed. Definitely a fun album and I'm glad someone is finally honoring Madonna with a tribute to her musical contributions while she's still alive and kicking.
Listen to These: "Like A Prayer", "Open Your Heart / Borderline", "Vogue"
The episode was fantastic. It was really fun to spot all of the references to Madonna, and the episode was just flat-out good in and of itself. But this is a review of "The Power Of Madonna" cast album, not the episode, so let's get started. Do they do better than Madonna herself? Of course not. There was no way that was going to happen. There is however a fun factor to this album that makes it a joy to listen to. Lea Michele really shines here, as usual. I did love her take on "Borderline" (one of my all-time Madonna favorites.) Amber Riley and Chris Colfer perform admirably on "4 Minutes," which I slightly prefer to Madonna and Justin Timberlake's version. It's a little more brassy and feels slightly less "produced" than the original version. I love Madonna's version too, but this version is slightly better, I feel. Johnathan Groff does a fantastic version of "Burning Up," which I guess is only available on Itunes. Shameful, since he sounds fantastic. This is just a fun album to listen to, and I do recommend it. Madonna fans will hopefully just get a kick out of this.
1. Express Yourself: This sounds a tad pedestrian to me. It's good, but awfully expected. It's just okay. (3/5)
2. Borderline/Open Your Heart: Lea Michele is fantastic here, and Cory Monteith does an admirable job. I thought blending "Borderline" with "Open Your Heart" was genius. (5/5)
3. Vogue: This is decent. Not great, though. It just lacks without visual accompaniment. Not bad, but not great either. (3/5)
4. Like A Virgin: I loved this! I liked that a whole group was singing, and it was nice to hear Jayma Mays sing a little bit in here. Great fun! (5/5)
5. 4 Minutes: Like I said, I actually prefer this to the original version. I like the brassier sound of it. (4.5/5)
6. What It Feels Like For A Girl: They did an interesting twist on this song, and had the men sing it. I thought that was a great idea. (4.5/5)
7. Like A Prayer: A fitting closing to the episode. This is just fantastic. (5/5)
8. Burning Up (Itunes Only): I love that they had Johnathan Groff sing this. It's slightly less rock-sounding than the original, but it still sounds great. (5/5)
In short if you love the previous Glee soundtracks, you'll love this one. Now hopefully Ryan Murphy will wait for at least an hours worth of material before releasing the next.
Many of those who love the show might like this CD, but it seems to me that most of the songs on Glee don't work as stand-alone songs. As fun as it might be to hear Sue Sylvester singing "Vogue," it's probably due to prior knowledge of the character, not the take on the song as it's quite a weak vocal.
The male lead (Corey Monteith) is given a great deal of material in these songs and his voice continues to disappoint versus other show regulars. Puck's portrayer has a much better voice and was virtually ignored in these songs. The producers were smart to give other cast members more to do in the groups of songs chosen for the episode, but they still lacked the magic of the originals and only entertain within the show and as possibly an artifact for future memories.
Some may think that this review is a little harsh, but it tries to focus on the product being sold and not the show, which tends to feel like a breath of fresh air in a universe of crime procedurals.