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DVD Review >> ‘Glee Encore’
Last month the latest Glee DVD hit store shelves called, Glee Encore. The DVD is right around 77 minutes of back-to-back Glee performances from season one. I absolutely love the idea of releasing a DVD like this, because there have been plenty of times when I’m watching Glee where I’ve been so excited to see the performances that I wished I could skip ahead to them.
The way the DVD is set up you can either watch the performances one episode at a time, play them all at once, or you can click “Shuffle” on the menu screen and the performances will play in random order, which I think is a pretty cool feature.
As a fan of Glee, there are performances that I was looking forward to watching on Glee Encore, yet they were nowhere to be found. In particular, the performances I am surprised are not included on the DVD is the mash-up of “Halo”/ “Walkin’ on Sunshine,” the Regionals version of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and Vocal Adrenaline’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
To me it only makes sense to showcase both mash-ups from the “Vitamin D” episode, not just “It’s My Life”/ “Confessions Part II,” because both of the mash-ups were what made that episode stand out.
I feel like “Don’t Stop Believin’” from the “Journey to Regionals” episode should have made the cut for this DVD. The New Directions’ full set list from that episode was “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It”/ “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” To leave off the full circle moment of the season just doesn’t make any sense.
And lastly, the absence of Vocal Adrenaline’s performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” also from the “Journey to Regionals” episode is just disappointing. That was Glee guest star, Jonathan Groff’s shining moment on the show, and was also one of the best performances of the entire first season.
If you can get past the handful of performances that should have been highlighted on the DVD, Glee Encore is actually pretty fun to watch and sing-a-long to. It’s fun to kick back and relive moments from a show that add some “Glee” so to speak to fan’s lives.
Glee Encore is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Originally posted on Blogcritics.
Jonathan Groff on MTV’s ‘The Seven’
Earlier today Glee’s current guest star, Jonathan Groff swung by MTV’s The Seven to talk about his return to the show, Lea Michele, and working on his fitness!
Check out Jonathan’s interview below!
Behind the ‘Glee’ >> “Funeral”
Check out the latest Behind the Glee teaser from tonight’s Glee featuring Jonathan Groff and Cory Monteith!
Glee’s “Funeral” will air tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Jonathan Groff Interview with ‘Good Day New York’
Earlier this morning, current Glee guest star Jonathan Groff sat down for an interview with Good Day New York.
They discuss his role of Jesse St. James Glee, whether or not he knows if he’s returning for season three, and about his recent trip home to Lancaster, PA!
Watch the interview below!
Music Review >> Glee Cast – “Prom Queen”
The latest tracks from Glee’s most recent episode “Prom Queen” are quite the eclectic mix. They are also some of the best produced tracks of the season.
Last week’s tracks included the return of Jonathan Groff (Jesse St. James), who alongside Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) sang Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” as a duet. After the second listen, I realized that Glee had chosen the John Legend arrangement of the song, which in context of the episode works. And it goes without saying that both Groff and Michele sound phenomenal singing together.
For me, this track was kind of a letdown. I had imagined Glee playing up the drama in the song by adding more of a rock vibe to the arrangement. I was really taken aback when I first heard the track, because it’s nothing like I imagined. I never thought that Glee would do such a blatant cover of a cover, because that just shows a lack of creativity on their end.
Kevin McHale (Artie) brings the soft and subtle vibe with Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” I love how the song starts out a capella. From the first note, the song makes you take notice of it, because there’s nothing else to distract from McHale’s voice.
When some light acoustic guitar strumming and drumming kick in during the second verse, it’s just the perfect accent to the song. McHale’s voice isn’t overpowered at all. I definitely think Glee showed some creativity with the arrangement on this one.
You know, prior to listening to this week’s Glee tracks, I had never bothered to listen to Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” because I had read the lyrics, and that was enough for me. So having no clue about what the original song sounds like, I think the Glee version isn’t half bad. Actually, I woke up last Friday morning with it stuck in my head. Fun, fun, fun!
Mark Salling (Puck), McHale, and Chord Overstreet (Sam) voices blend quite nicely together. They could be the Glee version of the 90’s boyband LFO. (Not to be totally off-topic, but how fun would a boyband-themed Glee episode be?)
‘Glee’ Preview >> “Funeral”
Check out two clips from tomorrow night’s Glee episode, “Funeral.”
I’m excited to see if Jesse St. James is truly there to help out New Directions. Should be a good episode!
Glee airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on FOX.
‘Glee’ Music Preview >> “Rolling in the Deep”
Check out a preview of the return of Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) and his duet with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) from tonight’s Glee.
I definitely like this duet in context of the show, and it’s definitely quite the entrance for Jonathan Groff’s return.
Glee’s “Prom Queen” airs tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Dulling The Magic of “Rolling in the Deep” One Cover at a Time
Late this past Thursday night, the tracks for next week’s Glee episode “Prom Queen” leaked onto the interwebz. Included in next week’s batch of tracks is Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” which is sung by Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff as a duet.
This Glee cover is the latest in a string of “Rolling in the Deep” covers that have hit the web, since the song was released last fall. One of the issues I have with all the covers of this song is that most of them pale in comparison to the original.
As someone that loves music, I feel like “Rolling in the Deep” could possibly be on it’s way to being played out. The fact that Glee is has now covered it says a lot. And I’m not gonna front, I was excited at first to hear that Glee was taking on the song. I love Lea and Jonathan’s voices together, and I thought the result was going to be this intensely passionate, angsty vocal performance from the two of them. The Glee version actually sounds like a take of the John Legend cover of the song. To be honest, I was expecting more of a rock vibe from them, instead of a gospel vibe.
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Behind the Glee: “Prom Queen”
Check out the latest Behind the Glee teaser with Lea Michele, Darren Criss and JONATHAN GROFF!!!! (I’m not excited…AT ALL.)
Glee’s “Prom Queen” episode airs Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m. on FOX!