The four songs featured in this week's episode of Glee pack quite the musical punch.
Diving into the tracks this week, the weakest is definitely the duet between Mark Salling (Puck) and Kevin McHale (Artie) on Bob Marley's "One Love (People Get Ready)." This song really doesn't fit Salling's voice, although when harmonizing with McHale, he sounded pretty good. It definitely wasn't as good as the other three songs from this week's episode.
Hands down my favorite track this week was Dalton Academy's version of Katy Perry's huge hit, "Teenage Dream." The song features lead vocals from Glee newcomer, Darren Criss (Blaine). This is a song that I wouldn't expect to hear covered by a guy, but I thought Glee's interpretation was wonderful.
The arrangement for this song is great. Replacing instruments with harmonizing does not go unnoticed. The harmonizing is a huge part about what makes Glee's take on "Teenage Dream" so successful.
I really enjoy Criss' voice. His voice is a great addition to the cast this season, and I hope that the audience gets to hear more from him.
Onto the mash ups! The Glee girls performed a mash up of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" and Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer."
Amber Riley (Mercedes) took the lead on "Start Me Up." Her vocal provided a saucy and provocative interpretation of the song.
Lea Michele (Rachel) was the featured singer on "Livin' On A Prayer." Michele is able to adapt her voice nicely to the song. To really pull off that song's chorus, you need a booming, powerful vocal. Michele pulled it off without a hitch.
Both of these songs made for quite the rockin' mash up.
It also occurred to me while listening to this week's music that last season on Glee, the guys incorporated a Bon Jovi song into their mash up. I wonder if it's just pure coincidence, or luck in Bon Jovi's case, that their new greatest hits album just happened to come out the same week one of their biggest hits was covered on Glee. I thought that was interesting.