FOX’s hit musical TV show put out its first Christmas album in 2010 to support the holiday episode. The show is known for producing even poppier versions if pop songs, sometimes creating songs better than the original, and sometimes completely destroying the song. It was only a matter of time before Glee released a Christmas album. The result is…well, without Lea Michele, the album would not be ranked nearly as high as it is.
1. We Need A Little Christmas – A very fitting intro to the album, however, a little too musical-ish to be considered a holiday classic. Most likely a favorite for any Glee fan.
2. Deck the Rooftop – Yet another Glee original mash-up. This time the show took on “Deck the Halls” and “Up on the Rooftop.” The result isn’t as bad as would be expected, however probably not something to play in the background at a family function. Grandma may not be able to keep up with the pace of the song that doesn’t slow down until they finish their final “Fa La La La’s.”
3. Merry Christmas Darling – Thank God for Lea Michele. This girl has an amazing future ahead of her. Her voice is simply so versatile and sweet and she definitely brings the Christmas spirit to this album. Honestly, without her, FOX probably wouldn’t have such a hit show on their hands.
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – This song is what made the media go crazy in 2010. The first Christmas song to feature two males singing to each other. Although with how high-pitched Chris Colfer’s voice, it would be hard to tell that there are, in fact, two guys singing. The song is nice, a highlight of the album for sure.
5. The Most Wonderful Day of the Year – Attempting to create the illusion at this will be a Christmas classic simply because they sing covers from Christmas classics that are already established. It’s really no surprise to see the album dabbled with classics from the claymation cartoons.
6. Last Christmas – The best song on the album. Once again, thanks to Lea Michele. The song was designed for pop radio while still keeping true to the original. Lea even adds more emotion to the song than the original. Amazing vocals.
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – The album becomes less theatrical from here on out. Sticking strictly to recreating Christmas classics, the Glee cast does well with tackling the traditional song. However the song doesn’t stand out in any way.
8. O Christmas Tree – Matthew Morrison, also known as “Mr. Schu” on the show, takes on this classic solo, doing a fair job. Coming from a Broadway background, it’s hard for him to shake the theater singing-style, which is only faintly present here. It’s just hinted in the song that makes it just that little bit off. Good, otherwise.
9. Jingle Bells – A fun take on the classic with Glee’s leading man, Cory Monteith, taking lead vocals, despite the fact that other guys on the show’s cast have much better voices. Besides that, the song is a fun addition that kids will love.
10. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – With a mix of awkward spoken parts by Morrison and a great, non-show-offy take on the song by Jane Lynch, the show’s antagonist, the song is like a roller-coaster with the high points being Lynch’s singing, and the low, scary parts being Morrison’s spoken parts.
11. Angels We Have Heard On High – Glee goes to church when the show’s main belter, Amber Riley, takes on this gospel-infused tune. It starts off sweet and great but progressively gets more intense as Amber attempts to outdo herself over and over again by going higher and higher. By the end it becomes exhausting and the end is so very sweet because the song is over.
12. O Holy Night – Ending on a sweet note, Lea Michele once again takes a solo and presents a song that is both incredible vocally, and very true to the Christmas spirit. A highlight on an album among so-so Christmas covers.
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