April 23, 2010
New Albums: Glee and Rufus Wainwright
Looks like the Biebs is going to be #1 again this week in sales…but that’s okay, there’s other stuff coming out, too!
Glee – The Power of Madonna
So this album contains the Madonna songs from the episode of Glee that aired this week. It’s pretty good, I’m not going to lie. You know what, though? I’m going to take this opportunity to express myself, if you will, and my frustration with this show.
It had such amazing potential when I first saw the pilot back in May of 2009. The show was about a bunch of misfits who sang as part of a club. It has now turned into this ridiculous themed show where everyone in the high school, basically, breaks out into song and dance and is fully equipped with snazzy costumes and props. Also, the plotlines are ridiculous and the characters are very unbelievable. Oh, and one more thing: the way that the show stereotypes gays and minorities is actually pretty offensive to me. Just saying.
But back to the album…Glee really has a gem in Lea Michele. I will say it over and over again (as I know I have on this very blog): her voice is incredible. She could sing anything and it would sound good. As Randy Jackson would say on Idol, she could sing the phone book and it’d sound great. “Like a Prayer” is probably the best one off the album; but, if you like Madonna, I think the whole cast did her justice.
The music is good, but the show frustrates me. They’re sure cashing in on it, though, aren’t they?
Rufus Wainwright – All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu
I love love love Rufus Wainwright. His voice is so great and his music is unique and, as cheesy as it sounds, really genuine. I was going to say “special” but that made me gag a little bit. And, his is probably my absolute favorite version of Leonard Cohen’s classic song “Hallelujah.” Anyway, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu is a really beautiful album. It’s very soulful.
Rufus Wainwright has been around a long time, actually. This will be his eighth studio album since 1998. He’s so consistent, too, and I’m pretty sure he has a good-sized following. That being said, I think he is much more well-known overseas than he is here (which is unfortunate).
If you doubt him (or me), listen to “True Loves.” Whew. I don’t know how much better it can get! I know, I know, I’m gushing. But whatever, it’s worth it. Actually, if you’re still skeptical, take a listen to “Sonnet 43,” “Sonnet 20,” and “Sonnet 10.” Recognize those numbers? Wainwright has very cleverly and beautifully taken three of Shakespeare’s sonnets and put those words to music. It’s cool and different, and really works.
Check out All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu now!
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