Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals EP (Review)

Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals is an extended play that features songs which were performed by the Glee cast during Glee’s season finale. I have to say, I like their song choices this week and I think that this EP is better than Showstoppers. The problem with the Back 9 episodes is that it’s uninteresting and that the most pleasing episode so far with great songs is The Power of Madonna episode which also released an awesome EP.

As observed, the EP follows the transition of songs during the episode. As such, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele kick it high with Faithfully as it opens the EP. Cory starts off bluesy and Lea’s belts hit high albeit sharp in some parts. Somehow, I didn’t sense their chemistry and that’s what this duet needed.

After that slow start comes the dynamic mashup of Journey’s Any Way You Want It/Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’. I’m seriously a fan of mashups. This mashup is flawless! Perfectly done and it’s certainly the best track of this album! It shows what Glee really is. Having talented fun!

The “Glee” song has been remade! Hooray! Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version) is indeed better than the one from the Pilot Episode. Unlike the first version which was more of like a duet, this one is a group song and almost everyone has lines. I must say, Naya Rivera has awesome vocals. Sure, she may not be a diva like Amber Riley or a stunner like Lea Michele, but her voice has that sultry tone that’s surely gonna hook your ears.

Vocal Adrenaline performs one of the most difficult Queen songs, Bohemian Rhapsody! Their performance was a tad bit satisfactory. The opera part was awesome, but the rock part was just meh. What happened to the Vocal Adrenaline that gave us Mercy and Rehab? The best part comes when it reaches I see a little silhouetto of a man. I must commend Jonathan Groff for trying his best and it maybe have left a good impression on some fans.

Since we all know New Directions lost during Regionals, they sang a To Sir, With Love to their director.  Each New Direction member has a line here and you can really sense the sincerity of the song. A great cover by the Glee Cast! It’s Naya Rivera again!

To repay New Directions’ tribute, Matthew Morrison, together with Mark Salling, sings an acoustic Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Arguably, the WORST track of the album. I’m just not a big fan of this version. No emotion and it’s not one of those jam songs. It’s like a lame-ass cover of it. Sorry, but this song just ends the album in a disappointing way.

Best Track: Any Way You Want It/Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’

Rating:

B+

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