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Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2

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Album Review

Since Christmas is one of the most musically inclined holidays, it’s no surprise that Glee is back with another set of festive songs. With so many collections of music under the Glee cast’s collective belt — nearly 20 at the time of this album’s release — listeners know what to expect, and Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2 delivers just that. Amber Riley's Mercedes sings a charming version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” that shows off her delicate high notes as well as her usual powerhouse style; as Santana, Naya Rivera — one of the show’s more underrated vocalists — turns in a mischievous “Santa Baby”; and Chris Colfer's Kurt and Darren Criss' Blaine deliver a brassy, breezy “Let It Snow.” The collection flags only when the songs get too overwrought (as on the album-closing version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas”) or too unfamiliar (as on “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”). Overall, though, Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2 will please Glee fans who are into the show enough to purchase these collections.

Customer Reviews

Do they know its Christmas?????

Hope they are giving royalties to charity otherwise what is the point in singing it?

Gleeking Christmas up!!!

Huge fan of Glee, and this album gives a real nice alternative sound to some of the traditional Christmas songs. Still have the same festive holiday spirit, but nice to have a modern sound to them. Recommend!!

A great album and greatly improved over last year

The two Original Songs (Extraordinary Merry Christmas and Christmas Eve With You) are utterly dire. The lyrics are childish and insensible and the music overly simplistic. Then they ruined the first even more by drowning poor Lea and Darren (who are both too good for this song!) with autotune and the latter by having Matt drown out Jayma.

But when you move onto the rest of the tracks on the album you find much happier tidings!

The star of the Album should undoubtedly be Do They Know it's Christmas which is an amazing group number with a great arrangement that means the song still sounds fantastic after oversaturation of previous releases. All I Want For Christmas will please many, since Amber is amazing, even though it lacks originality to me (has anyone ever not sang this song in the exact same way?). Little Drummer Boy and Let It Snow are two of my favourite tracks (the first classic and understated from Kevin and the second a fresh, jazzy spin from Darren and Chris-with wonderfully arranged harmonies, even on the runs).

But the true surprise of the album, for me, was Do You Hear What I Hear. Knowing nothing of The Glee Project (other than the little we've seen thus far on the show) I wasn't expecting much of this song (vocals provided by Alex and Lindsey). But this song is stunning. It easily has the best arrangement on the album, very haunting and beautiful in places, and the vocals are amazing.

On the downside, for The Glee Project, Blue Christmas (Damien) is rather dreary and Cory and Mark both totally overshadow Samuel on Santa Claus is Coming To Town (which is, at least, a fun number that gives the original a run for it's money).

Santa Baby is great but loses some of it's charm due to Naya's normally unique vocals being tempered on this song. A poor vocal direction choice? River is pretty but I feel it doesn't quite suit Lea's voice. And, finally, Christmas Wrapping is about as good as it could have been given the material! But Heather keeps it mostly inoffensive!

So, there are a few dud songs but, overall, this is a fun Christmas Album with some great gems!

Biography

Formed: 2009 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When Glee aired its first episode in May 2009, the TV show only attracted a fraction of the viewers who tuned in for American Idol, which was shown on the same channel just one hour prior. The numbers looked bleak, but Billboard's music charts told a different story the following week, when the Glee version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" became a Top Five hit. Performed during the pilot by the castmates themselves, the song eventually sold...
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