Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean collection of classic holiday tunes from Glee cast.

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Positive Messages

The song "Do They Know It's Christmas," originally sung by Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa, includes a very positive message about assisting others in need at holiday time.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Generosity and selflessness are emphasized in the songs.

Violence
Sex

A couple of lyrics about kissing.

Language
Consumerism

Tiffany (jewelry) is mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's not a lot to worry about in Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2. The majority of these songs are clean holiday classics, with no profanity or references to adult topics like sex or substance use and only a few innocuous mentions of kissing. The album is a fine choice for younger and older kids who love Glee. A couple of the songs ("Little Drummer Boy," "Do You Hear What I Hear") reference Christianity, and several talk about Santa.

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What's the story?

GLEE: THE MUSIC, THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM, VOL. 2 is the latest in the growing list of records released by the show and the second holiday album from the Glee cast. As always, this CD finds the cast doing covers of old and new songs -- with holiday classics like "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Eartha Kitt, and "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid -- as well as two original songs.

Is it any good?

Anyone who loves holiday music and Glee will be thrilled by this album. The cast does a solid job with these Christmas classics, not straying too far from traditional interpretations of the songs. The real highlight is the duet with Glee Project contestants Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, who perform a lovely rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear," backed by a beautiful gospel choir.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the true meaning of the holidays. What do you love the most about the holiday season? Why?

  • Is doing something nice for someone the same as giving that person a present? Why or why not?

  • What are your favorite holiday albums? Would you buy this particular album if you weren't a fan of the TV show?

Music details

  • Artist: Glee Cast
  • Release date: November 15, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Topics: Holidays
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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