A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album features many contemporary covers from the second season of Fox's hit show Glee. The content is fine for the show's teen fans, as any iffy lyrics or content from the original songs have been edited, but several songs, such as "Teenage Dream," "Empire State of Mind," and "Billionaire" are a bit mature for tweens.
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What's the story?
GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOL. 4 is the eighth soundtrack album from the show. It includes 18 contemporary covers from season two, including the show's first #1 hit, "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry), as well as "Empire State of Mind" (Jay-Z and Alicia Keys), "Billionaire" (Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars), "The Only Exception" (Paramore), "Lucky" (Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat), a cleaned-up version of "Forget You" sung by Gwyneth Paltrow (Cee-Lo), and three Britney Spears covers from the "Britney/Brittany" episode: "Me Against the Music," "Toxic," and "Stronger."
Is it any good?
Gleeks who love anything related to the show will probably be happy with this compilation of songs from the second season. Most of the tunes are very contemporary and feature most of the cast. But many of the biggest numbers from the season aren't included on this album, and super-singer Lea Michele only has one solo here ("The Only Exception").
The a cappella version of "Teenage Dream" is spectacular, and a slower version of the Beatles classic "I Want to Hold Your Hand" gives an unexpected change of pace. Any iffy language from the original songs is cleaned up for this album, but some of the content is a little mature for younger kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Glee's popularity. What do you think makes it so popular? The music? The stories? The characters? Does the fact that they're singing well-known songs make you more inclined to watch the show or buy the music?
Glee stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron were criticized for some risque photos that were taken of them for a major magazine. Do you think it was inappropriate for them to pose for sexy pictures given that they portray high school students? Does it matter that they're actually in their 20s?