Chris Colfer's character, Kurt Hummel took on "Rose's Turn," originally performed by Ethel Merman in Gypsy. In two words: Absolutely fantastic! His phrasing in the song was great and it sounded like he had a great time performing the song. This was the only track in this episode that I thought was true to the Glee Club's assignment for the episode. "Rose's Turn" captured who Kurt Hummel is, while also tying into his storyline within the episode. Colfer's voice sounds great, it was nice to have a solo from him, I feel like his talent has not been tapped into as much as it should be.
The big song for the Glee Club rehearsal was the U2 classic, "One." Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Amber Riley all have major parts within the song. I think it would have been better left with just Michele singing the song. Monteith's voice was not the best fit, and he sounded like he was straining his voice. I also don't find it necessary for Riley to always come in and hit big notes towards the end of their big numbers. Why have her do something that Michele can easily do? If they wanted the back and forth between Michele and a male lead for the song, I would have gone with Mark Salling. His voice would have fit the song much better than Monteith's.
Overall, I really enjoyed this batch of songs for "Laryngitis." I thought all of songs fit the episode very well, and were covered nicely by the Glee cast. I hope the show continues to feature members of the cast that are not consistently highlighted, it really helps diversify their compilation albums.
For more information about the music performed on Glee, check out Glee's music website.