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Friday, January 13, 2012

Glee First Listen Fridays

In case some of you don't know, if you like this on facebook, you will be alerted on your newsfeed every Friday when you can hear next week's Glee songs early.

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While we are here, we will tell you what we think of next week's songs. We usually change our opinions once we see the performances, but based on just first listens, here are the grades.

Summer Nights by The Cast of Grease - Mercedes and Sam sound great and improve on the voices from the movie. Some of the back-up people are more annoying. Overall, we give this a B+.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack - We were disappointed to hear Rachel in this, because it's already a dramatic song and her drama sometimes gets on our nerves. It's too "on-the-nose" for us.  It should have just been Mercedes, Tina, and Santana. Still. Lovely version, except the background music sounded a little "karaoke" or outdated. And the song is a little boring. B

We Found Love by Rihanna - We felt like this song really fit this show when we first heard that Glee was going to cover it. However, it is a currently overplayed hit and Rihanna has a perfectly nice voice. We don't think it's a necessary cover. They also autotuned the hell out of it, which is annoying. We also wish the show had brought some male vocals to this song. Overall, this is lame version and a wasted opportunity. C-

Wedding Bells by Fifth Dimension - Emma, Beiste and Sue are a great combination idea, so the song gets points just for that. This song is perfect for Emma as well. Now, most of us can agree that Emma's voice is not among the top 15 strongest on this show, but it's pleasant once they autotune it. This song is cute and has nostalgia factor, however, it's hard to listen to the whole song without it becoming shrill. B-

Without You by David Guetta - We love gender swaps, and this song is great for Rachel. We've complained about autotune on this show enough on this blog, but we must mention it here. A voice like Lea Michele's doesn't need autotune. This is probably our favorite song so far this week. A-

Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin Jack Flash was not available today for the listen, but Artie sings it. We are sick of this show's attempts at irony. We also hate Moves Like Jagger, especially now that we've heard it several million times. We know it will annoy us, however it sounds.

Next week is a bunch of Michael Jackson. While we love Michael Jackson's music, we are nervous, because the last time they did Jackson music was dull.

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