Music Review >> Glee Cast – “Funeral”

The music from the Glee episode “Funeral” highlighted the cream of the crop from the Glee Cast. The songs from this past week’s episode were in my opinion some of the best technically sung songs out of the entire season.

Amber Riley (Mercedes) took on Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” Riley really got the opportunity to showcase her range, as the beginning of the song calls for a more vulnerable quality that we don’t hear too often from the singer. The song builds and builds to where Riley launches into her full voice and just rocks the song out. Riley’s vocals just shine throughout the entire song.

Chris Colfer (Kurt) steps into the spotlight with “Some People” from Gypsy. Colfer injects so much personality into his pitch perfect vocal performance, which makes this song just a joy to listen to. I am so happy that his character is back with New Directions, because Colfer’s fantastic vocal chops finally get their due.

For the second time this season, Naya Rivera (Santana) steps into Amy Winehouse’s shoes. This past episode, she took on “Back To Black.” Rivera really has the perfect vocal tone and inflection to carry out this song. Her greatest strength in her singing is the ability to express emotion in a way that you believe the words she’s singing.

Lea Michele (Rachel) completely owns the song “My Man” from Funny Girl. I am telling you that I had chills the entire two minutes and sixteen seconds of the track. This is truly Lea Michele’s shining moment of season two. Between her vocal phrasing and that final note that she holds for 15 seconds, this is Michele at her absolute finest.

The Glee Cast came together on Charlie and The Chocolate Facotory’s “Pure Imagination.” I have never been a fan of that movie, but oh, how I love this song. Many of Glee’s major players are highlighted on this track including Cory Monteith (Finn), whose vocal sounds so pure. My favorite moment of this song is the harmonizing between Chris Colfer and Mark Salling (Puck) just past the halfway point of the song. They both sound fantastic separately, but their vocals combined cannot be touched.

Overall, this was another really fantastic week of music from the Glee Cast. I really liked that the group song highlighted the majority of the cast, and that the solos really complimented each of the singer’s voices. Another solid week ofGlee music.

The season two finale of Glee will air this Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Originally posted on Blogcritics.

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Kirsten Coachman

Kirsten Coachman is an entertainment writer and editor from the SF Bay Area. Fan of live music, film, Shondaland dramas, and the San Jose Sharks. Follow her on Twitter: @KirsCoachman

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