Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna CD (2010)

Artist: Glee Cast

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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.

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Label Columbia Records/sony
SKU 214955184
UPC 886976768126
UPC 14 00886976768126
Format CD
Release Date 4/20/2010
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Author Glee Cast
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music, Vol. 1
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (Deluxe Version)
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
Compilation Appearance 2011 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance Glee The 3D Concert Movie
Compilation Appearance Glee:music Volume 7
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music, Vol. 2
Compilation Appearance Glee:The Music Journey To Regionals EP
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music, Vol. 4
Compilation Appearance Glee:music Volume 6
Compilation Appearance Glee: The Music - The Rocky Horror Glee Show
Technical Info
Engineer Ryan Peterson; Peer Astrom; Adam Anders
Producer Ryan Murphy; Peer Astrom; Adam Anders
CatalogID 88697676812
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 04/20/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 27m : 46s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886976768126
Musical Guests
Jonathan Groff
Dianna Agron
Amber Riley
Lea Michele
Naya Rivera
Cory Monteith
Jane Lynch
Chris Colfer
Jayma Mays
Kevin McHale
Mark Salling
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Jonathan Groff, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele , Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Peer Astrom.
Arrangers: Tim Davis ; Adam Anders.
After taking a quick break in December 2009, Glee returned to the air four months later with a new character (played by Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele's co-star in Spring Awakening) and a new soundtrack. The Power of Madonna features seven of the Material Girl's tunes, all of them taken from the same episode. It's a short release, but it also holds its ground against the two albums that preceded it, namely because the material is so compatible with the show itself. Madonna's music has always thrived on drama, and it lends itself well to Glee's theater-pop approach, which tends to bring out the cheese in even the most serious of songs. There's nothing serious about "Vogue" and "Like a Virgin," though, and the cast tackles both tunes with a mixture of camp and confidence. Chalk it up to increased experience or improved song selection, but everyone simply sounds better on these songs -- particularly Cory Monteith, who relies less on Auto-Tune and more on his gauzy tenor vocals during "Borderline/Open Your Heart." Elsewhere, Jane Lynch and Jayma Mays both make their vocal debuts, and the boys (minus Matthew Morrison) team up for a harmonized, *NSync-ish version of "What It Feels Like for a Girl," a premise that may sound dreadful on paper but actually works quite well on the record. At times, Glee still feels like a showcase for Lea Michele's vocals, and she sings lead on half of these songs. But Michele is no longer the only heavy hitter on the show, and The Power of Madonna allows more singers to step up to the plate. ~ Andrew Leahey
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.116) - "[T]he GLEE guys give a surprisingly tender reading of 'What It Feels Like for a Girl.'" -- Grade: A
Disc 1
1 Express Yourself - (with Glee, featuring Jonathan Groff/Dianna Agron/Amber Riley/Lea Michele/Naya Rivera)
2 Borderline/Open Your Heart - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Lea Michele)
3 Vogue - (with Glee, featuring Jane Lynch/Chris Colfer/Amber Riley)
4 Like a Virgin - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Lea Michele/Jayma Mays/Naya Rivera)
5 4 Minutes - (with Glee, featuring Chris Colfer/Amber Riley)
6 What It Feels Like for a Girl - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Chris Colfer/Kevin McHale/Mark Salling)
7 Like a Prayer - (with Glee, featuring Cory Monteith/Chris Colfer/Jonathan Groff/Amber Riley/Lea Michele)
Product Attributes
Artist Glee Cast
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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