I have a love/hate relationship with this show, but I do watch consistently, and one of the reasons is the music. But…sometimes they miss. Horribly. Here are my personal picks for the ten best and ten worst songs featured in this season of Glee. Links take you to youtube, where you can hear the songs without paying the $1.29 iTunes wants to gouge you for.
Best: Leaving on a Jet Plane
Worst: Thong Song
These are both sung by the supremely talented Matthew Morrison, and it shows how this show can either get it right or get it horribly, horribly wrong. Leaving on a Jet Plane is a beautiful rendition, it’s not overprocessed like so many tracks from the series, and it’s the most poignant moment in the banal otherwise-uninspiring pilot episode. Oh, what’s that? You say it was cut and is only in the Director’s Cut? Huh, go figure. On a different note, why do they keep making Matthew Morrison sing rap songs when he is clearly white like Boo Radley must be after all those years indoors without the sun? I mean, seriously, the guy cannot rap. And to give him this…”song”…I don’t even…
Best: Smile (Lily Allen)
Worst: I Could Have Danced All Night
On an average day, I’m about 100% more likely to listen to I Could Have Danced All Night than a song by someone I’ve never heard of. I love showtunes, so it makes sense. So aside from the fact that Jayma Mays tries valiantly to mask the fact that she cannot sing (I forgive it, because she is an amazing actress, and you can’t win ‘em all), why did the producers decide it would be OK to use a cheap karaoke track for that song? Smile, on the other hand, has no relation to the plot in the episode it is featured, but it’s a pop song I had never heard of, and I went out and purchased the entire album by Lily Allen, because I liked the song. So, see? You learn something every day.
Best: Push It
Worst: No Air
As I said, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, and Push It is one of the cases where it works. I had never heard of the song before, and I don’t like the original version having heard it now, but the amazing hilarity that results from its performance makes this song memorable. Particularly amazing was Sue Lynch’s delivery of the line “that was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen, and that includes a kindergarten production of Hair.” The amount of auto-tuning in No Air lands it on this list. It sounds so mechanical and just plain awful…I don’t even want to think about it.
Best: Bohemian Rhapsody
Worst: Highway to Hell
I was absolutely not surprised when Vocal Adrenaline won regionals, because their performance of Bohemian Rhapsody was amazing, and has better singing and dancing than the New Directions show. It was utterly amazing, and a great feature for Jonathan Groff. On the other side of the coin, Jonathan Groff sang Highway to Hell, a great song, but my throat hurts just thinking about it. So much screaming.
Worst: Endless Love
Jump is full of 80’s goodness and makes me wish I had been alive then. Endless Love reminds me that, actually, no, I don’t. It’s boring and just squicky. I feel dirty after watching it or listening to it, and I need to go wash my hands now. Whoever thought up that pedo storyline needs to go die in a fire.
Aaaaaaand that’s one-half of the list, but a total of ten songs! So you’ll have to wait for a bit to see the rest of the list! Comments welcome!
Mirrored from BoyWithBooks.com.