Different strokes, still fun
YP intern Jocelyn Wong
Tthird soundtrack from the massively popular TV series, Glee, Showstoppers comprises reworked musical covers from Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie and even the musical Les Miserables.
Unlike the previous albums, which feature mainly Lea Michele, Showstoppers carries more vocals from the rest of the cast. Still, what remain are the eclectic, fun music choices and arrangements, which are helping the album to dominate the Billboard charts.
In this album, we get to hear a different side of each cast member. A good example is The Lady is a Tramp by Amber Riley and Mark Salling, in which Riley, who plays Aretha-in-training Mercedes, showcases her explosive vocals, with Salling, who plays the too-cool-for-school Puck, also delivering a solid performance. Chris Colfer, in Rose's Turn, uses a more emotional tone that marks a departure from his role as the ever-flamboyant sidekick, Kurt.
On the whole, Showstoppers is a success; the one slight hiccup is the cover of Lady Gaga Bad Romance, which fails to retain the verve of the original. No amount of melodramatic voice acting and Auto-Tune can rival Gaga's flair.
These are covers with a twist, which retain the flavour of the originals. The balance between emotional and fun tunes makes Showstoppers a crucial buy.