CD Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna (CD 6315572),
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Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna
Original Soundtrack/Glee Cast
1. Express Yourself - (with Glee, featuring Jonathan Groff/Dianna Agron/Amber Riley/Lea Michele/Naya Rivera)
2. Borderline/Open Your Heart - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Lea Michele)
3. Vogue - (with Glee, featuring Jane Lynch/Chris Colfer/Amber Riley)
4. Like a Virgin - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Lea Michele/Jayma Mays/Naya Rivera)
5. 4 Minutes - (with Glee, featuring Chris Colfer/Amber Riley)
6. What It Feels Like for a Girl - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Chris Colfer/Kevin McHale/Mark Salling)
7. Like a Prayer - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Chris Colfer/Jonathan Groff/Amber Riley/Lea Michele)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 67681
Ryan Murphy; Peer Astrom; Adam Anders
Ryan Peterson; Peer Astrom; Adam Anders
Personnel: Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Jonathan Groff, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Peer Astrom.
Arrangers: Tim Davis ; Adam Anders.
After taking a quick break in December 2009, Glee returned to the air four months later with a new character (played by Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele's co-star in Spring Awakening) and a new soundtrack. The Power of Madonna features seven of the Material Girl's tunes, all of them taken from the same episode. It's a short release, but it also holds its ground against the two albums that preceded it, namely because the material is so compatible with the show itself. Madonna's music has always thrived on drama, and it lends itself well to Glee's theater-pop approach, which tends to bring out the cheese in even the most serious of songs. There's nothing serious about "Vogue" and "Like a Virgin," though, and the cast tackles both tunes with a mixture of camp and confidence. Chalk it up to increased experience or improved song selection, but everyone simply sounds better on these songs -- particularly Cory Monteith, who relies less on Auto-Tune and more on his gauzy tenor vocals during "Borderline/Open Your Heart." Elsewhere, Jane Lynch and Jayma Mays both make their vocal debuts, and the boys (minus Matthew Morrison) team up for a harmonized, *NSync-ish version of "What It Feels Like for a Girl," a premise that may sound dreadful on paper but actually works quite well on the record. At times, Glee still feels like a showcase for Lea Michele's vocals, and she sings lead on half of these songs. But Michele is no longer the only heavy hitter on the show, and The Power of Madonna allows more singers to step up to the plate. ~ Andrew Leahey
Entertainment Weekly (p.116) - "[T]he GLEE guys give a surprisingly tender reading of 'What It Feels Like for a Girl.'" -- Grade: A
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