Glee: The Music, Volume 1

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 3, 2009
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Not all Glee members are created equal--Cory Monteith (the show's hunky football captain) and Dianna Agron (the alternately caustic and vulnerable head cheerleader) can't sing nearly as well as their co-stars--but this soundtrack has enough star power to keep things trucking along, especially when powerhouse alto Lea Michele takes the wheel.
  2. No-one will be disappointed by a Glee album which includes "Don’t Stop Believin’"--their chart-eating cover of the Petra Haden arrangement of the Journey song; or "Alone," or "Gold Digger." But it’s a shame there wasn’t room for their Winehouse-approved upgrade of "Rehab;" or the stripped-back swing at Bel Biv Devoe’s "Poison," as performed by the show’s all-male vocal group Acafellas. These would probably have lifted the second half of the CD, which loses some of the sparkle and joy once the barn-storming "Somebody to Love" has finished.
  3. And as on "Idol," that aesthetic is most appealingly expressed here in the material that seems the least suited for it-i.e., mushy heartland rock ballads.
  4. It’ll no doubt be lapped up by impressionable 14 year old girls the world over, but for a show that has so much more to offer this just smacks of studio exec. cash-in.
  5. In context, it all has a giddy sort of ''let's put on a show'' charm; ?on record, it's basically fancy (albeit fun) karaoke.
  6. In the end, there’s nothing completely surprising or revolutionary about anything on the soundtrack.
  7. Star Matthew Morrison couldn't rap his way out of a 98° rehearsal. But Amber "Mercedes" Riley crushes Jazmine Sullivan's 'Bust Your Windows,' and the Gleeks' 'Don't Stop Believin'' is a triumphal moment against which resistance is futile.
  8. In fairness, not all the album's ­highlights require the listener to ­temporarily imagine that they're ­listening to a high-school choir....More often, though, if you're prepared to buy into the ­conceit, Glee: the Soundtrack almost lives up to its title.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 25, 2012
    10
    What? I love Glee, and this soundtrack is really fantastic. The covers are really great, the voice of Lea Michelle is uff wow, incredible, isWhat? I love Glee, and this soundtrack is really fantastic. The covers are really great, the voice of Lea Michelle is uff wow, incredible, is a great album. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2011
    5
    Even though I am a Gleek, I have to admit that the cover versions on this album are simply hit-and-miss. Most of the songs are tooEven though I am a Gleek, I have to admit that the cover versions on this album are simply hit-and-miss. Most of the songs are too karaoke-esque. The show's signature song, Journey's "Don't Stop Believing", is the only true highlight of this album. I also enjoyed the cover of Wicked's "Defying Gravity" and like how the show is trying to bring show tunes to a wider audience. Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2011
    10
    A musical mash-up that will have you singing along in the car and singing along! Amazing show and the CD has not slipped! Astounding, butA musical mash-up that will have you singing along in the car and singing along! Amazing show and the CD has not slipped! Astounding, but there is a bit of juice missing, Glee looks fit to bring us more and we are sure that they will in the very near future! Full Review »