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Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2
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Soundtrack album by Glee Cast
Released November 11, 2011
Genre Christmas music
Label Columbia / 20th Century Fox TV
Glee Cast chronology

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Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 is the soundtrack album by the cast of the American musical television series Glee, released by Columbia Records on November 11, 2011.[1]

Background

The album features twelve Christmas tunes: ten covers and two original songs. The original songs are both written by Adam Anders, Peer Åström and Shelly Peiken: "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" and "Christmas Eve with You".[2] In addition to featuring twelve of the starring characters from the television show's third season (only Dianna Agron, Jane Lynch and Harry Shum, Jr. are not listed), all four of the finalists from The Glee Project are featured: Damian McGinty solos on "Blue Christmas", Samuel Larsen is featured with Cory Monteith and Mark Salling on "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", and runners-up Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell duet on "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number six, selling 71,000 copies in its first week.[3]

Reception

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Source Rating

Heather Phares of Allmusic gave the album a rating of three-and-a-half stars out of a possible five, and wrote that "listeners know what to expect" and the album "delivers just that". She praised Amber Riley's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as "charming", Naya Rivera's "Santa Baby" as "mischievous", Heather Morris's "Christmas Wrapping" as "brilliant", and Chris Colfer and Darren Criss for their "brassy, breezy" version of "Let It Snow". She did note that the album "flags" when "unfamiliar" songs are presented and singled out the original song "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" in this regard. She also criticized the final song of the album, "Do They Know It’s Christmas?", and described it as "overwrought".[4]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Original artist Length
1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"  Mariah Carey, Walter AfanasieffMariah Carey 4:03
2. "Extraordinary Merry Christmas"  Adam Anders, Peer Åström, Shelly PeikenGlee Cast original 3:39
3. "Santa Baby"  Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony SpringerEartha Kitt 2:31
4. "Christmas Eve with You"  Anders, Åström, PeikenGlee Cast original 3:28
5. "Little Drummer Boy"  Katherine K. DavisTrapp Family Singers 2:56
6. "River"  Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell 4:03
7. "Do You Hear What I Hear?"  Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne BakerHarry Simeone Chorale 3:52
8. "Let It Snow"  Sammy Cahn, Jule StyneVaughn Monroe 2:47
9. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"  John Frederick Coots, Haven GillespieHarry Reser and His Orchestra 2:49
10. "Christmas Wrapping"  Chris ButlerThe Waitresses 4:03
11. "Blue Christmas"  Billy Hayes, Jay W. JohnsonDoye O'Dell 3:49
12. "Do They Know It's Christmas?"  Bob Geldof, Midge UreBand Aid 3:35

Personnel

Source: Allmusic[5]

References

  1. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/glee-the-music-the-christmas/id473247035
  2. ^ "Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 Available 11/15!". GleeTheMusic.com. Sony Music Entertainment. October 25, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Caulfield, Keith (November 23, 2011). "Drake's 'Take Care' Blasts Onto Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. [[[:Template:Allmusic]] "Review - Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2"]. allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 14, 2011.