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Glee: Glee: The Music, Vol. 2

Track List

>Proud Mary - (with Glee, featuring Amber Riley/Kevin McHale/Lea Michele/Jenna Ushkowitz)
>Endless Love - (with Glee, featuring Lea Michele/Matthew Morrison)
>I'll Stand By You - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith)
>Don't Stand So Close To Me/Young Girl - (with Glee, featuring Matthew Morrison)
>Crush - (with Glee, featuring Lea Michele)
>(You're) Having My Baby - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith)
>Lean On Me - (with Glee, featuring Amber Riley/Kevin McHale)
>Don't Make Me Over - (with Glee, featuring Amber Riley)
>Imagine - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Amber Riley/Kevin McHale/Lea Michele)
>True Colors - (with Glee, featuring Jenna Ushkowitz)
>Jump - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Amber Riley/Kevin McHale/Lea Michele)
>Smile [Cover Of Lily Allen Song] - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Lea Michele)
>Smile [Cover Of Charlie Chaplin Song] - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Amber Riley/Lea Michele)
>And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - (with Glee, featuring Amber Riley)
>Don't Rain On My Parade - (with Glee, featuring Lea Michele)
>You Can't Always Get What You Want - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Amber Riley/Kevin McHale/Lea Michele)
>My Life Would Suck Without You - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Amber Riley/Lea Michele/Jenna Ushkowitz)

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Glee: The Music Volume Two picks up where Volume One left of f, covering the final three episodes with a bombastic multi-genre mix of music per formed by the Glee cast. Glee, the genre-defying musical comedy series, follows an optimistic teacher who, against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach, attempts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from obscurity while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential. Produced by R yan Murphy (creator of Nip/Tuck) in association with 20th Century Fox Television, Glee has been a runaway TV hit this Fall.

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (p.115) - "When the GLEE kids nail something -- like a version of Van Halen's 'Jump'...the title of this joyful franchise could not be more apt."

Billboard (p.60) - "Spirited glee-club versions of Rihanna's 'Take a Bow' and Jazmine Sullivan's 'Bust Your Windows' are nice..."

Billboard (p.33) - "Riley delivers the album's most breathtakingly soulful performance with 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going.'"

Album Notes

Personnel: David Loucks, Emily Gomez, Tim Davis , Kamari Copeland, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele , Jenna Ushkowitz, David Baloche, Jayma Mays, Jenny Karr, Mark Salling, Keri Larson, Nikki Hassman, Tiffany Palmer, Chris Mann , Windy Wagner, Matthew Morrison, Adam Anders (vocals).

Audio Mixer: Peer Astrom.

Recording information: Chalice Studios, Hollywood, CA; Masterplan Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.

The second Glee soundtrack throws a bone to the show's supporting characters, with Jenna Ushkowitz (the faux-stuttering Tina) singing her first solo and Amber Riley (Mercedes) receiving a larger chunk of airtime. Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison continue to steal the show, though; Morrison delivers one of the album's most inventive songs with a mash-up of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "Young Girl," while Michele sings the absolute pants off of everything the producers give her. The album sometimes strays away from choral arrangements and focuses on individual actors, but it's hard not to sing along with a song like "Jump," where the cast replaces Eddie Van Halen's keyboard riff with bright choral harmonies. ~ Andrew Leahey


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