It was only a matter of time before it happened, but the Cast of Glee have gifted us with The Christmas Album. The collection of twelve Holiday classics as expected, is slickly-produced and makes some less-obvious song choices, livening things up with ample amounts of Gospel, Big Band and Swing.
Animated offerings of We Need a Little Christmas, The Most Wonderful Day of the Year, Angels We Have Heard on High, You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch are found on the disc, providing some Yuletide fun to the Listener. A Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)-like version of Deck the Rooftop is one of the stronger tracks here and finally we get a proper physical release of Lea Michele & Cory Monteith's Last Christmas (Wham!) which surfaced last Winter. Merry Christmas Darling, an obscure tribute to The Carpenters, is one of the few tender moments on the Collection, with Michele delivering a more understated performance than what we're accustomed to and know she is capable of.
Interesting is a male-male version of Baby, It's Cold Outside by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, reminding us that we're definitely in 2010 despite all the Old School Charm here. Perhaps a foreshadowing of their romantic storyline ahead? Of course, a Glee disc would not be complete without The Diva herself in a shining moment and Michele once again proves why she is the star of the show on O Holy Night, leaving a lasting impression.
In terms of song choices, Glee: The Music - The Christmas Album could have been a bit more audience-friendly, but nonetheless it will provide many a warm and cozy backdrop to the Holidays for fans of the Show. The disc from Sony Music hits stores November 16, 2010. Grade: B+