"Physical," from the episode "Bad Reputation," is a delightful romp. Olivia Newton-John gets a chance to redo her well remembered video with help from Jane Lynch, who is seen week to week as Sue Sylvester. The opening notes come from a drummer, and pretty well resemble a beating heart. It works.
Kevin McHale shines with his version of "Safety Dance." The bouncy notes reveal a party is going on with this song. Toes are tapping away with the opening bars of this tune. It's my favorite song for being pure fun.
Not only are there great duets on this CD, solos let the spotlight shine on those Glee cast members who have been on the show as relative unknowns. While they may not sing the lead from week to week, talent deserves a chance to shine.
Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, is a vocal powerhouse. Usually, she belts out a song lyric with full gusto. "Beautiful," the song by Christina Aguilera, is slightly different. Riley sings it with a soft sensualness which makes for a pleasant surprise.
"A House is not a Home," sung by Chris Colfer, aka Kurt, is winsome but meaningful. Colfer's falsetto draws out the song with a sweet gentleness. On the other hand, "Rose's Turn" shows Kurt's self-centered personality well. This is not a soothing musical piece, rather a harsh mad at the world tirade. Had anyone else sung it, the effect would be diminished.
"Bad Romance," from Lady Gaga, gives most of the group a time to sing together. Left out is Morrison, but his teacher's character does not need to be in every number. The only problem I have with this song is the blending of voices makes it tricky to discern who sings which part.
With twenty songs to choose from, it's not difficult to find one to love. A few will become instant favorites, while others are easy to ignore. That's okay, everyone has different tastes, including music.