Album: Various Artists, Glee: The Music, Volume 1 (Columbia)
Friday 19 February 2010
As apparently the only person in the western hemisphere not to have seen an episode of Glee, it's hardly surprising I found myself neither angered nor elated by the karaoke-pop repossessions of rock history that comprise this soundtrack album.
For one thing, it's not my rock history they're repossessing: the 1980s AOR power-ballad schlock of Heart's "Alone" and REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" is a quintessentially US phenomenon alien to British experience – but then, so are high-school musicals, of which Glee supposedly offers a mildly sardonic, soapy satire, by focusing on the misfits and outsiders ("Gleeks", in the show's parlance) of US high-school society; though not, one notes, the dentally challenged. As with all TV-sanctioned pop, the repertoire leans heavily on big ensemble show-stoppers like "Don't Stop Believin'" and Queen's "Somebody to Love", mingled with R&B-wannabe efforts such as Rihanna's "Take a Bow" and the powerful version of Jazmine Sullivan's "Bust Your Windows", with which Amber Riley supplies the album with its most compelling moment. By comparison, the versions of Young MC's "Bust a Move" and Kanye West's "Gold Digger" by the club's teacher are surely the least convincing raps in recording history. But save for the irritatingly anonymous cover of "You Keep Me Hanging On", there's little here to raise either spirits or hackles.
Download this Bust Your Windows; Don't Stop Believin'
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Kylie Minogue quits The Voice UK
Review: Half of A Yellow Sun
Arts & Ents blogs
Game of Thrones season 4, episode 2, TV review: 'Purple Wedding' shock for viewers as King Joffrey marries Margaery Tyrell
The best movies on Netflix: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 breaks torrent record as fans watch online
King Joffrey: Jack Gleeson retires from acting after season 4 Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 sees fans jubilant over King Joffrey's 'Purple Wedding'
David Cameron: 'Jesus invented the Big Society – I'm just continuing God's work'
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
- 1 Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 2 The best movies on Netflix: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
- 3 Naked yoga: the bare truth - it's already big in the US, and has now landed here
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors to boost sales, says whistleblower