After all the drama about who hooks up with who or who's the father of who or who defines dating as what
, seems we've forgotten about the very thing the kids at New Directions are trying to do: win sectionals. And, with Wednesday night's Glee
fall finale, seems we'll be reminded that that's the very thing they're out to do.
So, of course, we're all curious as to how their actual performance at sectionals will turn out, right? Well, I did mention yesterday that I got my hands on the second Glee
soundtrack, and I finally had a chance to listen to the four songs that will appear in this week's episode. A couple of them are solos--"show-stopping", some describe--and the other two are possibly the songs that are actually part of their set list. (Refresh me, gleeks: there are supposed to be three songs per group, right? What's the third? "True Colors"? Please let it be it...)
And, I'm here to whet your appetites--I'll try doing them in words--before you can go out and buy the second album tomorrow. Yep, tomorrow.
So, two solos. Amber Riley does Jennifer Holliday's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", the big song in the musical Showgirls
. Of course, it's a perfect opportunity to show huge vocals that will blow you away, judging from previous versions of the songs (say, the original, or the one from Jennifer Hudson). I was listening to this and I thought, how the heck did Amber not make it to American Idol
? I actually like it. Perfect for Amber's pipes, of course.
The second solo is Lea Michele's take on Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain On My Parade", part of the musical Funny Girl
. I haven't heard the original until today, and I'll say I kinda like the original more--but, of course, why doubt Rachel Berry? I'm trying to imagine where she performs this. Actual sectionals? After the plot to keep her quiet?
And then there are the two group songs for sectionals. There's their take on Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You", which actually doesn't work that well because having many people sing the chorus dilutes the whole thing. Can you imagine how angsty Kelly was while singing this? Imagine the song without the angst.
I liked their take on the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want"--noit so chilling intro, but the same positive vibe, just the right song for New Directions to sink their teeth into.
Oh, wait, here are all the songs, in full. Someone posted them on YouTube, presumably someone who's had an early copy of the album like I did. But still buy the CD, please. Quinn needs her baby money.
So, gleeks, what do you think? Will these numbers blow the competition away at sectionals? Better yet, will these songs keep you happy over a Glee
-less winter? Come on, you know you want to.
(Image courtesy of Fox)