Glee: The Music, Vol. 4

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Edgier than past Glee offerings; fine for teen fans.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

This album features covers from a wide variety of musicians, so there are both positive and negative messages. For instance, "Empire State of Mind" is a love letter to the Big Apple, but it also talks about how people change for the worse when they get there.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song "Stronger" is about finding strength in yourself: "I'm stronger than yesterday, now it's nothing but my way."


Some sexual innuendo in "Teenage Dream": "I'll let you put your hands on me in my skin-tight jeans, be a teenage dream tonight." "Empire State of Mind" talks about good girls going bad: "Momma got her bust out, now everyone rides her just like a bus route."


Promotes the TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Empire State of Mind" talks about taking an Ambien "for the city that never sleeps" and "selling rock." "Toxic" says "I need a hit, baby give me it," although the lyrics refer to an intoxicating person, not a drug.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written bydance4life December 24, 2010

e.g. Perfect for tweens who like music

I love it. my child who is 12 wants to watch glee. For a christmas present, I will let her.
Teen, 15 years old Written bypaintxmexsilly April 10, 2011
All the songs are great! Teenage Dream is my favorite on the album; Darren Criss' cover is absolutely fantastic.
Kid, 11 years old March 27, 2011
Great remakes, and their fine for 11 and up.

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?

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