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.
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.'"
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