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Glee: The Music, Vol. 2



Second set of cover tunes is tamer than the show itself.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of positive messages can be found in these tunes, from world peace in "Imagine" (John Lennon) to acceptance in "True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper).

Positive role models

Though the TV characters they play have had their share of ups and downs, the Glee cast members have each maintained good personal reps.

Not applicable

Nothing overtly offensive in the lyrics themselves, although the song "(You're) Having My Baby" is in reference to the teen pregnancy of one character on the show (Quinn).


The cast covers Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You."


Promotes the TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that when they stand on their own, the songs on the GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOLUME 2 soundtrack are largely inoffensive, with lyrics that lack graphic language, sexual descriptions, and other adult content. But put in context of some of the show's themes (i.e., Quinn's pregnancy), a couple of the songs take on more mature meanings. Still, this is pretty tame stuff, especially compared to most pop music.

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What's the story?

Fans of the smash TV hit Glee have another reason to celebrate: the second compilation of cover tunes from the show has been released. GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOLUME 2 includes 17 songs (two more than on the first album), which run the gamut of musical styles. The eclectic collection features everything from classic soul ("Lean On Me" by Bill Withers), to '80s glam rock ("Jump" by Van Halen), to show tunes ("Don't Rain on My Parade" by Barbara Streisand). Once again, most of the tracks are pretty tame, with the exception of a couple suggestive songs. For instance, "(You're) Having My Baby" from '70s singer-songwriter Paul Anka is a nod to the show's storyline about Quinn's pregnancy, and "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by the Police is about a Lolita-like scenario in which an older man is sexually tempted by a teenage girl.

Is it any good?


Overall, the performances on this second compilation from Glee seem slightly less inspired than those on the first record. Many of the covers -- "Endless Love" (Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie), "My Life Would Suck Without You" (Kelly Clarkson), "True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper) -- sound more like rote renditions than fresh takes. However, some highlights do exist, including Mercedes' (Amber Riley's) powerful version of Dionne Warwick's "Don't Make Me Over" and the nice harmonies on John Lennon's classic "Imagine."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how songs like the ones here can be interpreted differently depending on the context. For example, the lyrics of "(You're) Having My Baby" were originally written by a married man out of love for his pregnant wife, yet are used here as an allusion to a teen pregnancy.

  • What is the purpose of this soundtrack? Does it make you want to watch the show? Would you be interested in these songs if you didn't watch the show?

Music details

Artist:Glee Cast
Release date:December 8, 2009
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian gurl April 25, 2011
nice songs, if u sing christian songs i would be so happy
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Too much sex
Kid, 9 years old September 5, 2010

Definetly 10+

I love the cd but, no exactly appropriate because of some of the language and sexual mentions.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing