Glee: The Music: Volume 3: Showstoppers (Deluxe)
Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Columbia Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Yes, I admit it, Iím a GleekÖnot as much as when the show, Glee, first appeared on television when I made certain to catch every episode, but Iím still a fan. I enjoy the castís renditions of the songs I grew up with, show tunes and latest hits. So, when I received Glee: The Music: Volume 3: Showstoppers (Deluxe), I couldnít wait to take a listen.
The deluxe edition of this soundtrack has twenty tracks of music from the first season. This time around, itís not just the Glee Club kids singing or their teacher, Will Schuster (Matthew Morrison). This set of music contains songs performed by guest stars such as Olivia Newton-John, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris and Idina Menzel. The soundtrack has a nice variety of music, offering up old school rock, show tunes, new rock, alternative, dance and more.
There are quite a few enjoyable duets on this album. Lionel Richieís Hello, as performed by Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, was terrific, but my favorite is I Dreamed a Dream, a song originally from the musical Les Misťrables performed by Lea Michele and Idina Menzel. Their voices blend together extremely well for this song. Unfortunately, the only other duet featuring this highly talented pair is Lady Gagaís Poker Face. The powers that be decided that this song would be sung in ballad format. It just doesnít work for me. Itís too slow and missing that oomph of the Lady Gaga original version.
Some other extremely enjoyable tracks include the Beatles favorite Hello, Goodbye, All American Rejectsí Gives You Hell, Christina Aguileraís Beautiful as performed by Amber Riley, Beckís Loser, Lady Gagaís Bad Romance, Olivia Newton-Johnís Physical as performed by Newton-John with some help from Jane Lynch (Who knew she could sing?) and Bonnie Tylerís Total Eclipse of the Heart. Songs that donít quite work are the aforementioned Poker Face, Kissí Beth and a rather disappointing version of U2ís One.
Glee: The Music: Volume 3: Showstoppers (Deluxe) is one of those albums that you canít help singing along with. The music is good, the song versions fun - a good time had by all. However, I must warn you: you have to buy the Deluxe version to get all twenty songs. This particular album cover is green with Deluxe in a ribbon banner across the top. If you buy the regular version of Glee: The Music: Volume 3: Showstoppers, you only get fourteen songs.
This leads me to the scolding of the powers that be who put these Glee albums together. Why must there be different versions of the same volume out there? Why must there be a Christmas Album, Journey to the Regionals EP, The Power of Madonna Album, The Rocky Horror Music Show Album, Love Songs Album, etc. Nothing but a shameless money-making ploy designed at scamming faithful Glee fans of their hard earned money. Stop teasing fans with EPs and ten track albums and give them full version soundtrack albums of the show they love!
All scolding aside, Glee fans will really love Glee: The Music: Volume 3: Showstoppers (Deluxe). I know I did!