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Music Review: Music From Glee Episode 2 x 03 “Grilled Cheesus”

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In this week’s bundle of Glee music from “Grilled Cheesus,” the audience gets to hear the first solos of the season from Glee’s most beloved characters who are not Rachel Berry.

Mark Salling (Puck) has his first big solo of the season with “Only The Good Die Young” by Billy Joel.

It’s great to hear from Salling so early in the season. However, the Glee vocal coaches should work with him on his vocal vibrato while holding longer notes and try to smooth them out. 

Amber Riley (Mercedes) sounds absolutely beautiful singing Whitney Houston’s “I Look To You.” If any of the Glee cast can pull off Whitney, it’s Amber.

Her vocal runs at times felt unnecessary, but overall it’s a very strong vocal from Riley. This song is so much better than anything she sang during season one.

Lea Michele (Rachel) contributes this this week’s recordings with “Papa, Can You Hear Me” from Yentl.

What really can be said about Michele’s voice that hasn’t already been said? This is an absolute stellar recording. Michele has a voice to be reckoned with.

Chris Colfer (Kurt) sings “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles in this week’s recordings.

I absolutely love how Glee chose to rearrange this song. It had such a dramatic feel that really captured the emotions that Colfer’s character was feeling.

Colfer has a really great vocal. I really hope he is featured more this season.

R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” was a great song choice for Cory Monteith (Finn). However, what was not great was having him record it as an attempt to sound like Michael Stipe. Monteith has a great voice, there was no need for the sound-a-like vocal phrasing.

I loved that Amber Riley had two solos this week, but there was so much auto-tune used in her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” I couldn’t tell if it was Riley or Naya Rivera (Santana) singing the song at first.

The big group number of the week was a rendition of Joan Osbourne’s “One Of Us.”

Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Monteith, Michele and Colfer are the featured vocals on this track. I was really surprised that Salling was not featured on this track, because the song would have fit his voice perfectly.

The cast of Glee sound great altogether. It seems like every week their group numbers are getting better and better.

Glee airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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  • Jeff

    It is nice to see a true talent like Lea Michele get notice in Hollywood.

  • Joan

    Can’t wait for Jon Groff to come back. They did not take advantage of him and Lea together enough last season.

    Papa can you hear me is amazing.

    I want to hold your hand was a nice touch for the story. Chris Colfer’s voice is hit and miss for me. Bu this was nice, and keep to the lower register please.

  • The “I Want To Hold Your Hand” arrangement was cribbed from the version in Julie Taymor’s movie “Across the Universe.”

    But that’s OK. It’s an inspired idea to slow it down, and it was great in the movie [as a lesbian cheerleader love song!] and on this week’s Glee with Kurt singing to his dad.

  • Frank

    Lea Michele continue to impress. I just can never get into Amber’s singing, maybe it is the style and too many vocal tricks. Her best song was Don’t make me over.

  • I tend to find the guest stars are often stronger vocally than most of the cast. Riley has serious pipes on her. I can’t wait until Jonathan Groff returns (somewhere in the back 9). His voice is gorgeous.