Last week Glee returned with four new tracks to try and make us forget that the show had been on hiatus for a month. The new tracks also marked the return of guest star, Charice.
Charice (Sunshine Corazon) took on the Eric Carmen power ballad, "All By Myself." At the beginning of the season I was wasn't initially blown away by any means by Charice's voice, but after listening to the full studio track of "All By Myself," I now understand why this girl is kind of a big deal.
Charice’s vocals on this track are absolutely flawless. Her voice really embraces the feelings of loneliness and desperation in the lyrics. Seriously, the girl’s voice gave me chills. If there’s one song from “A Night of Neglect” that is a must-download, it is definitely “All By Myself.”
Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly Holiday) also lent her voice to the music from Glee last week, and took on Adele’s “Turning Tables.” I think we can all agree that this wasn’t an ideal song choice for Paltrow. Adele’s latest album 21 is probably the best thing to come out of the music world so far this year. Having said that, I knew at some point Glee would try to tackle one of her songs.
I think Paltrow gave the song a good old-fashioned try, but came up short because she simply doesn’t have the chops to pull it off. I thought her voice sounded really good in the verses and as it slowly ascended to the chorus. It was her singing in the chorus itself that made the song kind of unbearable to listen to. Paltrow’s falsetto is not one of her strongest vocal features, and I wish that the Glee music producers had adjusted the key in the song to one more complimentary to her voice and less grating on my ears.