I love Christmas music. I love Glee. The combination of the two results in an album filled with a great mix of classic and contemporary Christmas songs.
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album goes above and beyond any possible expectations I had before I took my first listen. "Deck The Rooftop," which is a mash-up of "Deck The Halls" and "Up On The Rooftop," was completely unexpected. Glee definitely manged to put their twist on two popular holiday songs, and made it into an extremely catchy sing-a-long.
One of the tracks that is already getting a lot of buzz is "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which is sung by Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Darren Criss (Blaine). It's a very sweet duet between the two, and their vocals are superb.
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," sung by the Glee ladies, is one of my favorites. The harmonizing is on point, and they seem to be reining in the glory notes a bit, which gives the song a sense of vulnerability, and allows the lyrics to stand in the spotlight.
I really liked Glee's interpretation on "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." The song features Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) and K.D. Lang. I still watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas every year, so I really appreciated this song being on the album. Morrison and Lang really capture its spirit.
I have to make mention of Amber Riley (Mercedes), who sings "Angels We Have Heard On High." On this song, she has a voice to be reckoned with. The arrangement for me left something to be desired, but Riley's voice makes the song a success.
I have to say that the group harmonizing on this album is fantastic. The Glee cast really have never sounded better. There's something about Christmas music that really brings the best out of singers.
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album really exceeded my expectations. The album has a great combined energy of Glee and Christmas spirit.
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album is available now. The Glee Christmas special airs December 7 on FOX at 8 p.m.