As Heard on 'Glee': Soul + Anger = Funk?
As Heard on 'Glee': Soul + Anger = Funk?
The most spot-on observation I heard about the songs from last night's Glee came from my mother. "It wasn't funky," she said. And indeed, the songs from this week seem to have lost the punch that the numbers in past episodes have. There was something, but as I commented in last night's recap, just when it started getting awesome, it held back -- kinda like being stuck in between Vocal Adrenaline's "soulless automatons" and New Direction's funky tendencies. Too bad, since I was expecting to end the episode with feet a-tapping and songs stuck in my head.

"Another One Bites The Dust"
Originally by Queen
Glee-fied by Jonathan Groff

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As expected from a Vocal Adrenaline performance, this one was perfect. Perhaps too perfect. I was looking for Jesse to break out more like he did in "Highway To Hell" -- I mean, you're doing Freddie Mercury and you get stuck there?

"Tell Me Something Good"
Originally by Rufus
Glee-fied by Matthew Morrison

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When I hear this song, I can't help but imagine Will's booty shaking. I know, it had that effect on me. Here's a song I don't really mind.

"Loser"
Originally by Beck
Glee-fied by Mark Salling and Cory Monteith

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This song was still the highlight of the night for me: an ode to frustrated people feeling stuck, delivered in as surreal and Beck-esque a manner as possible. I have one big problem with this, though: it ended too soon! I listen to the full version and I imagine how the dream sequence at Sheets and Things could've panned out.

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World"
Originally by James Brown
Glee-fied by Dianna Agron

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Very, very weird song choice, Quinn. I get it, but for a very intense song she faltered in places -- I'm okay with her voice breaking, but I wanted more from the number. Also, the whole performance felt... too random. Pregnant teenagers dancing, forgetting for a moment that they have this huge baby bump?

"Good Vibrations"
Originally by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Glee-fied by Mark Salling, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley

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It seems Glee is making Mark Salling perform a lot now, and it's always a good thing! He sings the heavy stuff, and it works. He sings the slow stuff, and it works. He raps, and it works. This one was a fun number, and everyone involved seemed to have fun, never mind the kitsch of wearing those big necklaces. (And, in Finn's case, showing some muscle.)

"Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off This Sucker)"
Originally by Parliament
Glee-fied by everyone at New Directions

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Usually the last songs on Glee are these grand, sing-along moments. This one was a jam session. Not that it's a bad thing, but like with most of this episode, I wanted more, especially with regionals looming...

(Images courtesy of FOX)



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