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Glee: The Music - Volume 3: Showstoppers (Review) - Win it!

Glee: The Music, Volume 3

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

YOU probably love them or loathe them by now and either can’t get enough or want to scream “enough already!” No matter, the Glee juggernaut powers on.

In the space of a few short months, we’ve had two full soundtracks, one Madonna themed EP, a DVD box set and countless chart appearances from the cast of Ryan Murphy’s hit US show.

Thankfully, we’re still on the love them side of things. Glee continues to enliven our Monday nights on TV, while offering some musical therapy to some of life’s more stressful moments.

Not every song is a success… and some episodes do feel toploaded to ensure maximum iTunes impact the day after it airs. But when they get it right – and that’s more often than not – the Glee cast is both fun and uplifting. And that’s often all you want from your music.

Volume 3: Showstoppers cherrypicks selections from the first half of the show’s latter 12 episodes and effortlessly mixes showtunes with current chart-toppers, as well as some ’80s throwbacks.

It’s comprised of 20 songs, most of which succeed in putting a smile on your face, or having you dancing around the living room in mock Glee routines (don’t tell anyone we admitted it!).

Highlights include the spirited ensemble take of The Beatles’ classic Hello, Goodbye, which opens proceedings and brings instant cheer, as well as Lea Michele’s boisterous re-working of Gives You Hell – another sing-along moment of appreciation if ever there was one.

An ensemble makeover of Beck’s seminal Loser sounds every bit as terrific as when Beck sings it, Bad Romance is a rousing revision of a classic Lady Gaga cut and Mark Sulling owns his debonair redo of Lady Is A Tramp, complete with Amber Riley on backing.

Another of the showstopping moments is the ensemble take on Bonnie Tyler’s ’80s smash Total Eclipse of The Heart, which is a pure guilty pleasure romp of a nostalgia trip, while an emotional revamp of U2’s One, while not entirely convincing, is still very good.

Jane Lynch (aka Sue Sylvester) gets to exercise her vocal chords alongside Olivia Newton John on the breezy barrel of laughs that is Physical, while there are guest appearances from the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth (who also goes it solo on Home), and Wicked luminary Idina Menzel.

There are a couple of quibbles… albeit minor ones. Cory Monteith’s rousing version of Jessie’s Girl isn’t included on this compilation (which makes me personally sad) and a couple of tracks don’t inspire the same levels of excitement (Home and A House Is Not A Home).

But in spite of these minor lows, there’s always something to impress waiting in the wings, not least the stripped back and ballad-esque treatment given to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, which is utterly bewitching.

All in all, then, yet another Glee-filled success!

Win Glee: The Music Volume 3

To celebrate the release of Glee: The Music Volume 3 on May 24, 2010, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Name either of the two Lady Gaga songs covered on Glee: The Music Volume 3?

Simply send the answer to Glee Vol 3 competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Download picks: Hello, Goodbye, Gives You Hell, Physical, Total Eclipse of The Heart, Rose’s Turn, Lady Is A Tramp, Loser, I Dreamed A Dream, Beth, Poker Face, Bad Romance

Track listing:

  1. Hello, Goodbye
  2. Gives You Hell
  3. Hello
  4. A House Is Not A Home
  5. One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not A Home
  6. Beautiful
  7. Home
  8. Physical
  9. Total Eclipse of The Heart
  10. Lady Is A Tramp
  11. One
  12. Rose’s Turn
  13. Dream On
  14. Safety Dance
  15. I Dreamed A Dream
  16. Losers
  17. Give Up The Funk
  18. Beth
  19. Poker Face
  20. Bad Romance