Picked up for production just 15 hours after the initial script landed on Fox’s desk
Time Out Doha staff
Glee: The Music, Volume 2 3/5 Picked up for production just 15 hours after the initial script landed on Fox’s desk, high-school musical show Glee has become an award-winning phenomenon, thanks largely to its hilarious, often absurd, mash-ups of show-stopping gems old and new. Such is the show’s popularity, in fact, that they’ve now wrung two compilation albums out of the first half of the first season, with this second CD featuring tracks by The Rolling Stones, The Police, Lily Allen, Kelly Clarkson and Van Halen, alongside several more.
To some this may be overkill, but we should champion Glee and its musical offshoots. Not only is it a ray of televisual sunshine, it’s also resuscitating the music industry. In 2009 the Glee cast had 25 singles in the US Billboard Hot 100, with covers hitting other countries’ charts on a weekly basis – resulting in knock-on sales of the originals. Is this an extension of Simon Cowell’s pervasive karaoke culture? Certainly this soundtrack has plenty of straight covers, but when their exuberant take on ‘Jump’ kicks in, their charm is just too hard to resist. Kim Taylor Bennett Available now in stores.