Express Yourself (Glee Cast Version featuring Jonathan Groff)
Borderline/Open Your Heart (Glee Cast Version)
Vogue (Glee Cast Version)
Like A Virgin (Glee Cast Version featuring Jonahtan Groff)
4 Minutes (Glee Cast Version)
What It Feels LIke For A Girl (Glee Cast Version)
Like A Prayer (Glee Cast Version featuring Jonathan Groff)
GLEE is back! The hit series returns to Fox this spring with a host of new episodes and more new hit music! The show boasts winning ratings, critical acclaim, a rabid fan base of GLEEks, two certified Gold albums and more ... more »than 4.5 million song downloads. GLEE has won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy; a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a People s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna will be released on April 20 to coincide with the Power of Madonna episode (airing Tues 9/8c) immediately following American Idol.« less
GLEE is back! The hit series returns to Fox this spring with a host of new episodes and more new hit music! The show boasts winning ratings, critical acclaim, a rabid fan base of GLEEks, two certified Gold albums and more than 4.5 million song downloads. GLEE has won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy; a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a People s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna will be released on April 20 to coincide with the Power of Madonna episode (airing Tues 9/8c) immediately following American Idol.
Antoine D. Reid | Durham, NC United States | 04/20/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's a bit surprising that our biggest release from Madonna this year besides The Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD comes in the form of a tribute album from the cast of Glee. 'The Power of Madonna' features 7 songs that have been given the 'Glee' treatment. For the most part, the songs arrangements are very close to the original. The episode that features all of these songs centers around Mr. Schuester and coach Sue Sylvester trying to empower the females in the glee club and cheerleading squad by using Madonna's songs. Schuester also tries to teach the guys to respect and honor the girls in the glee club more. It seems only natural that to teach these lessons, Schuester and Sylvester would turn to Madonna's songs. The 7 tracks are mostly from the 1980s era of Madonna's career which means the album really feels peppy, upbeat and pure dance.
The Good: The best part of the album at times is how the 'Glee' versions of these songs stick very close to the originals. At times, it sounds somewhat karaoke only because the arrangements don't stray much from how we're used to hearing the songs. To me, while the 'Glee' versions of the songs plays it safe, it also does well in respecting and showing off the best of these iconic songs. I felt 'Vogue' worked best with Jane Lynch sounding very much like Madonna while tossing in a few Sue Sylvester quips to tie the song into "Glee". There were a few songs that were turned into duets, including the mash-up of "Open Your Heart / Borderline" and "Like A Virgin". The best track of them all is "Like A Prayer" in my opinion because it has a big choir accompaniment, the singing is ridiculously good and like the original, it's performed with great depth and conviction. It's been on constant repeat for me since getting the album.
The Bad: Certain songs just didn't work as well for me. '4 Minutes' felt out of place among the other songs, as if it were chosen just to give people a modern Madonna song they'd know. It's a duet between Kurt and Mercedes and to me, based on the few episodes we've been treated to where Chris Colfer (Kurt) sings, it really sounds nothing like Kurt and makes me wonder how much of the vocals were or have been auto-tuned. That thought or concern usually doesn't come up with me in regards to 'Glee'. Also, I felt "Express Yourself" felt a bit flat and really karaoke. As with a lot of 'Glee' songs, the actually performance on the episode may prove better than the stand-alone track. I was excited to see "What It Feels Like for a Girl" included since it's one of those songs from Madonna that hardly gets mentioned. Again I felt the performance within the show may prove better than the stand-alone track which is performed by the guys and meant to be sentimental and reach out to the females in the choir to let them know the guys are sensitive and aware of their issues and feelings. It just didn't work for me.
Overall, 'The Power of Madonna' is a good selection of songs and I look forward to seeing how many of the songs fit into or are performed in the actual show. I kind of felt the overall album is 3.5 stars just because I was split down the middle when it comes to how I felt about the music and vocals. There are some things that don't figure into my review, such as being somewhat let down that the producers had free-range to choose from all of Madonna's songs and catalog but they ended up choosing her biggest old hits. I would really have been interested in seeing some of Madonna's lesser known tracks woven in rather than "4 Minutes" or "Express Yourself" or even a few more songs from the 1990s and late 2000s when Madonna mixed it up a bit and started experimenting with new styles within the dance genre. That's just me and my opinions though and it didn't influence how I came down on the songs that were chosen and performed. Definitely a fun album and I'm glad someone is finally honoring Madonna with a tribute to her musical contributions while she's still alive and kicking.
Listen to These: "Like A Prayer", "Open Your Heart / Borderline", "Vogue""
Maybe I'm rather biased....
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 04/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"but this collection features four of my favorite Madonna songs: "Express Yourself," "Like a Prayer," "Borderline," and "Vogue". That said, the versions stick close to the originals with only "What it Feels Like a Woman" being arranged differently with a slower tempo.
The cast does exceptionally well, adding their own touch to the familiar. Jane Lynch is especially effective on the cover of "Vogue" and one appreciates her more after having viewed the video version, found on YouTube before it aired on the Fox Network.
As a whole, the download is enough of a satisfying "appetizer" for a possible full "main course" of "revisits" to the music of Miss Ciccone."
Wonderful Souvenir of Glee Episode
Richard E. Berger | West Babylon, NY | 04/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The performers of Glee are second to none. They shine, week after week with excellent vocals, choreography and loads of charm. The latest one, The Power of Madonna realy shines. Creator Ryan Murphy has set it up well having Sue force the principal to play Madge's songs throughout the school all day which helps to make the breaking out in Madonna songs more believable. This CD contains all the performances from that episode and is SO good I long for more when its over. If you missed the episode or can't be near a video screen, this should satisfy. This cast could record an hour long Madonna tribute CD and never be boring or corny. Lea Michele is my favorite due to her wide range which helps to sell all her solos. She shines brightest on Like a Prayer. Chris Colfer usually seems to sing only high soprano but on 4 Minutes we get to hear his wider range. And he sings as strong as belter Amber Riley. As funny as Jane Lynch was in the recreation of the Vogue music video, her vocals are definitely good enough to warrant a listen. She holds her own alongside the New Directions cast. Also love hearing Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays on Like a Virgin. Though he's the stronger vocal they work as well vocally as they do at acting together. Cory Monteith gets better and better but Jonathan Groff makes a welcome addition to the cast. Now there's a male lead as vocally strong as Lea. Could add more variety for those tired of Lea always singing lead....
In short if you love the previous Glee soundtracks, you'll love this one. Now hopefully Ryan Murphy will wait for at least an hours worth of material before releasing the next."
Like a Prayer is One of the Best Glee Cast Performances to D
Pua C. | Ann Arbor, MI | 04/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really liked the CD. Vogue is a lot of fun; Four Minutes is even better than the original (Amber Reily as Mercedes is fantastic and Chris Colfer as Kurt is great as well) and Like a Prayer is a stellar standout. In fact, I think it is the best performance by the Glee Cast to date (up there and surpassing Don't Stop Believ'n and Somebody to Love from the first disc). Rachell (Lea Michele) sounds angelic and in complete vocal command, Finn (Cory Monteith) sounds dreamy and Mercedes (Amber Reily) hits it out of the park (!) in the rousing climatic section (think Fantasia-Jennifer Hudson at their best). The supporting cast also is outstanding. Love it!"
Glee Rocks Madonna!
Jeffery Bauman | Garden City, Michigan | 07/16/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had two reasons to be excited for this release. First and foremost, I am a major Madonna fan. Secondly, yes, I very much enjoy "Glee." It's such a happy, exuberant, and fun show. It's just one of those shows where you sit back and enjoy yourself. After a hard day at work, something like "Glee" is just what I need. So when it was announced that they were going to do a Madonna-themed episode, I was ecstatic. Singing along to whatever Madonna songs they wound up doing was going to be a treat.
The episode was fantastic. It was really fun to spot all of the references to Madonna, and the episode was just flat-out good in and of itself. But this is a review of "The Power Of Madonna" cast album, not the episode, so let's get started. Do they do better than Madonna herself? Of course not. There was no way that was going to happen. There is however a fun factor to this album that makes it a joy to listen to. Lea Michele really shines here, as usual. I did love her take on "Borderline" (one of my all-time Madonna favorites.) Amber Riley and Chris Colfer perform admirably on "4 Minutes," which I slightly prefer to Madonna and Justin Timberlake's version. It's a little more brassy and feels slightly less "produced" than the original version. I love Madonna's version too, but this version is slightly better, I feel. Johnathan Groff does a fantastic version of "Burning Up," which I guess is only available on Itunes. Shameful, since he sounds fantastic. This is just a fun album to listen to, and I do recommend it. Madonna fans will hopefully just get a kick out of this.
1. Express Yourself: This sounds a tad pedestrian to me. It's good, but awfully expected. It's just okay. (3/5)
2. Borderline/Open Your Heart: Lea Michele is fantastic here, and Cory Monteith does an admirable job. I thought blending "Borderline" with "Open Your Heart" was genius. (5/5)
3. Vogue: This is decent. Not great, though. It just lacks without visual accompaniment. Not bad, but not great either. (3/5)
4. Like A Virgin: I loved this! I liked that a whole group was singing, and it was nice to hear Jayma Mays sing a little bit in here. Great fun! (5/5)
5. 4 Minutes: Like I said, I actually prefer this to the original version. I like the brassier sound of it. (4.5/5)
6. What It Feels Like For A Girl: They did an interesting twist on this song, and had the men sing it. I thought that was a great idea. (4.5/5)
7. Like A Prayer: A fitting closing to the episode. This is just fantastic. (5/5)
8. Burning Up (Itunes Only): I love that they had Johnathan Groff sing this. It's slightly less rock-sounding than the original, but it still sounds great. (5/5)