- Released: December 8, 2009
- Label: Sony
Entertainment Weekly - p.115
"When the GLEE kids nail something -- like a version of Van Halen's 'Jump'...the title of this joyful franchise could not be more apt."
Billboard (p.60) - "Spirited glee-club versions of Rihanna's 'Take a Bow' and Jazmine Sullivan's 'Bust Your Windows' are nice..."
Billboard (p.33) - "Riley delivers the album's most breathtakingly soulful performance with 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going.'"
- 1.Proud Mary
- 2.Endless Love
- 3.I'll Stand By You
- 4.Don't Stand So Close To Me / Young Girl
- 6.(You're) Having My Baby
- 7.Lean On Me
- 8.Don't Make Me Over
- 10.True Colors
- 12.Smile (Cover of Lily Allen Song)
- 13.Smile (Cover of Charlie Chaplin Song)
- 14.And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
- 15.Don't Rain On My Parade
- 16.You Can't Always Get What You Want
- 17.My Life Would Suck Without You
Personnel: David Loucks, Emily Gomez, Tim Davis , Kamari Copeland, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, David Baloche, Kerri Larson, Jayma Mays, Jenny Karr, Mark Salling, Nikki Hassman, Tiffany Palmer, Chris Mann , Windy Wagner, Matthew Morrison, Adam Anders (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Peer Astrom.
Recording information: Chalice Studios, Hollywood, CA; Masterplan Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
The second Glee soundtrack throws a bone to the show's supporting characters, with Jenna Ushkowitz (the faux-stuttering Tina) singing her first solo and Amber Riley (Mercedes) receiving a larger chunk of airtime. Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison continue to steal the show, though; Morrison delivers one of the album's most inventive songs with a mash-up of "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "Young Girl," while Michele sings the absolute pants off of everything the producers give her. The album sometimes strays away from choral arrangements and focuses on individual actors, but it's hard not to sing along with a song like "Jump," where the cast replaces Eddie Van Halen's keyboard riff with bright choral harmonies. ~ Andrew Leahey