Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album

Common Sense Media says

Quirky-yet-clean Christmas tunes are OK for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overriding messages here are of wholesome holiday joy, togetherness, and fun.

Positive role models

The Glee cast is on their best behavior here; they're merely singing and not getting into any iffy situations, as they sometimes do on the TV show.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some songs include flirtatious lyrics/situations and/or reference romantic relationships ("Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Last Christmas," "Merry Christmas, Darling").

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Promotes the TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" (which is originally from the '40s) includes a line about having a cigarette.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is one of Glee's most appropriate musical releases for younger audiences. While the cast still slips in an eyebrow-raising line here and there, the majority of these songs are Christmas classics with very clean lyrics. The flirtatious "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is sung by two gay male characters. Parents who prefer that their children avoid holiday songs with religious overtones should be aware that this album includes a few. 

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

GLEE: THE MUSIC, THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM is a collection of holiday songs from the second season of Glee -- the musical show that's taken TV by storm. The record includes 12 tracks that run the gamut from uber-traditional ("Jingle Bells," "O Christmas Tree") to newer classics ("Last Christmas," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"). While many of the previous albums connected to the show have included more mature songs, the choices in this collection are pretty clean overall, making it an acceptable listen for younger ears. Note: Some of the songs have religious themes.

Is it any good?

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The Glee cast once again puts their best vocal feet forward on this album, with mostly positive results. While a couple of their covers, like "Jingle Bells" and "Merry Christmas, Darling" are a bit on the annoyingly cheesy side, there are lots of highlights: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" has a hauntingly beautiful quality in its modern arrangement, "Angels We Have Heard on High" packs a powerful contemporary punch, and "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" -- with a special guest appearance by country singer k.d. lang -- is right in step with the show's quirky characters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how it sounds when contemporary artists cover classic holiday tunes. Does it work when contemporary kids do more modern covers of older songs like "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Merry Christmas, Darling"? Why or why not?

  • What's your favorite classic holiday song that's been covered by a contemporary artist? Why?

  • How does this album compare to others featuring the Glee cast? Do you think it's aiming for the same audience?

Music details

Artist:Glee Cast
Release date:November 11, 2010
Label:Columbia
Genre:Holiday
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written bypaintxmexsilly April 10, 2011
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Great album--Baby It's Cold Outside is amazing!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byGhillie December 22, 2010
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Christmas Fun for Everyone!

It is a fun and clean soundtrack! My dance teacher plays it in dance class. True, there are some flirtatious lyrics, but they are not inappropriate. My mom does not allow me to watch the Glee TV show but she does allow me to listen to the music. This CD will put you in the Christmas spirit!
Teen, 13 years old Written bymathgirlie February 8, 2011
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Pretty darn good!

A pretty good album - the cover of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is hilarious!

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