Review: Glee: The Music – Season 4, Volume 1

On Feb 25 the latest Glee album will be hitting the shelves (and the internet, this is 2013) – what do they have in store for us this time?

Glee: The Music Season 4, Volume 1 features songs performed by the Glee cast, including favourites and newcomers, Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Melissa Benoist, Dean Geyer, Naya Rivera, Chris Colfer, Jayma Mays, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Chord Overstreet, Blake Jenne.r, Samuel Larsen, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum, Jr., Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Nolan Gerard Funk and Grant Gustin.

The album not only boasts awesome covers from the show, you can expect brand new tracks from upcoming episodes, too. If that’s not enough, then pick up the deluxe version, available digitally only, which includes tracks showcasing special guest stars Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker.

To date, Glee has sold more than 49 million songs and over 12 million albums worldwide, and it’s no surprise really. The talented cast take the songs we know and love and put a fantastically upbeat spin on them in a way only Glee knows how. Season 4, Volume 1 is no exception, boasting a mixture of old and new songs (and a few from somewhere in-between), all with that Glee magic thrown into the mix.

Heartfelt tunes come in the form of Taylor Swift’s “Mine”, Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and a wonderful effort by Darren Criss – Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time,” a song which compliments his gorgeous voice.

As for tracks that we’re yet to hear in the show, you can expect a couple of super-catchy offerings. Talented cuties Nolan Gerard Funk and Grant Gustin have recorded an awesome cover of One Directions hit, “Live While We’re Young”, which is equally as catchy as the original. If that’s not exciting enough, the talented Jenna Ushkowitz, Blake Jenner and Becca Tobin have recorded a cover of the hit of 2012, Psy’s smash dance tune, “Gangnam Style”.

Other favourites of ours include Lea Michele and Dean Geyer’s rendition of Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break”, a cover fun.’s hit “Some Nights”, Melissa Benoist and Becca Tobin performing Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” and Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”.

Glee: The Music Season 4, Volume 1 is well worth picking up if you’re a Glee fan after more of the usual magic, but it can also be appreciated as a decent covers album without the show to give it context.

The full track listing for Glee: The Music Season 4, Volume 1 is as follows:

1. It’s Time
2. Americano/Dance Again**
3. New York State Of Mind
4. Give Your Heart A Break
5. Mine
6. The Scientist
7. Everybody Talks
8. Dark Side
9. Holding Out For A Hero
10. Heroes
11. Some Nights
12. Homeward Bound/Home
13. Let’s Have A Kiki **
14. Live While We’re Young
15. Gangnam Style
16. Something Stupid**
**Deluxe Edition only

Glee: The Music Season 4, Volume 1 is available in standard physical/digital and digital deluxe editions. Click here to buy from Amazon.