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Glee: The Music Presents: The Warblers
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Glee: The Music Presents: The Warblers is an album filled with largely clean tunes by artists old and new. Though it features some artists like Katy Perry, Rod Stewart, and Robin Thicke -- who are known for being on the sexy side -- the tracks by these artists are among their cleaner ones. With no profanity and only one mild allusion to alcohol, this record is one of the better Glee picks for younger ears.
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What's the story?
GLEE: THE MUSIC PRESENTS: THE WARBLERS is a collection of 13 tunes from the second season of TV sensation Glee. All of the tracks are performed by a competing glee club, the all-male Dalton Academy Warblers -- whose songs are actually sung by real-life a cappella group the Beelzebubs from Tufts University. In typical Glee style, the CD includes a range of tunes from older to more contemporary artists, with this particular record featuring everyone from The Beatles and Barry Gibb to Maroon 5 and Destiny's Child. Though a handful of songs have a few steamy lines, and one track (Pink's "Raise Your Glass") is a presumable reference to drinking, the songs are pretty clean for the most part -- making this album an OK choice for younger Glee fans.
Is it any good?
The all-male a cappella performances on this album make it sound a bit different than previous Glee records -- a refreshing departure from the tried-and-true sound that's become somewhat formulaic after seven previous CDs. Highlights include the smooth covers of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and "What Kind of Fool" by Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand, as well as the ironic "Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the sound of this Glee album differs from those that have come before.
How does having an all-male a cappella group, rather than a glee club mixed with male and female singers, change the tone of this record?
Does it work for an all-male group to perform songs originally done by all-female acts like Destiny's Child? Why or why not?
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