E!Online: Glee's Great, but the Music Ain't - Featured

Criticizing Glee is like lecturing a puppy--you end up feeling like the bad guy.



Puppies, like Glee, are cute, energetic and a whole lot more fun to watch than a police procedural. Why can't you just enjoy them as they are, for what they are?


Because.


Because some things must be said. No matter how hard. No matter how adorable the offender.


Puppies, you must not pee on the carpet.


And, Glee, you must do something about your music.


You're totally making Cory Monteith sound like Cher.


Last night's episode ('Mash-Up') was a prime example--not of the Monteith-Cher connection, specifically--but of the show's overproduced soundtrack, in general.


When Matthew Morrison's Mr. S. burst into "Thong Song," he sounded like he was in a music video, not a suburban high school. The same tune could be sung of his "Bust a Move."


We get that Glee is a musical-comedy, not a documentary. And we get quasi-fantasy numbers like Jayma Mays' starry-eyed version of "I Could've Danced All Night." But we don't get why the Glee people, many of them musical-theater veterans, can't sound as unplugged as that magical bass guitar Kevin McHale's Artie is always thumping on.


For every too-brief moment of Lea Michele sounding raw--and lovely--on a "What a Girl Wants," or Monteith singing a perfectly credible REO Speedwagon in the shower, there's Michele and Monteith sounding like 1990s-era Cher on "No Air," or Monteith sounding like the Monteith XRZ-200 on the out-of-the-shower version of "Can't Fight This Feeling."


We are hardly the first to notice Glee's Auto-Tune addiction. Toronto-based singer-songwriter Will-W. blogged about the show's penchant for pitch correction and manipulation shortly after the fall premiere.


"It sort of defeats the purpose of the show," Will-W. told us today. "It's putting a false illusion of what singing is all about. [The show's] about a group of high school kids who are allegedly talented--and they are talented."


At least one online petition is on the chorus of dissent. The "Call to Stop Vocal Pitch Correction Abuse" has asked Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Fox to retrofit the DVD issues with "remixed versions of the songs that don't have robotic vocalists."


At last check, the petition had little more than two dozen names attached to it. No, not exactly a groundswell. Maybe people are too busy trying to save Eastwick. Or maybe they're loath to call out anything that's as cute as a baby Lab--and whip-smart enough to bring us Jane Lynch once a week.


We refuse to believe, however, that people are loving that Glee has lacked for authentic glee-club moments. And sounds.


Plus, don't get us started on the whole fake pregnancy thing...


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E!Online - Glee's Great, but the Music Ain't

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Oct 24, 2009 1:15AM EDT

my only issue was the rap songs. i was cringing throughout.. i felt like Vanilla Ice resurfaced on those parts.. LEAVE RAP SONGS ALONE, unless you get real rappers..There is too many great songs in the world, i don't wanna see that teacher rap anything else. the rest i had no problem with .

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Oct 24, 2009 6:31PM EDT

I have to admit that at the beginning during the first one or two episodes, it did bother me that all the singing was "voice-over". The songs are erecorded in a studio and overlayed into the show.
While this gives the sound a great quality, it does make the show less real. Kids singing in a hallway should not sound like a Broadway star taping an album.
The music has gotten better, except maybe for the rap songs this week, but I would prefer if during the episodes we would hear "normal" singing, not the studio versions. For the perfect quality, studio-arranged versions, we can still all buy the soundtrack.

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Oct 24, 2009 8:53PM EDT

I really like Glee, out of all the new shows that are currently airing, Glee is the one to definitely watch. Despite its flaws, the overall package is GREAT! Although I do agree that the musical directors of the show should really do something about the way they put the music together, because so far on the show my favorite singers are Rachel and Mercedes, they just sound more natural than any of the other singers on the show.

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Oct 25, 2009 4:50PM EDT

I don't have a problem w/the music or the production. I think they've performed a good mix of music from different genres, and for those who haven't heard enough of their faves yet, I believe this show has the potential for longevity, so there is (I hope) plenty of time and epis to get around to them.
This is a musical comedy offering a satirical look at high school life. It is not The Hills or American Idol, so the produced, music video quality is appropriate. Sure, they can do without it in some spots, such as , when the Gleeks are randomly singing or rehearsing...this was done in the scene with Rachel singing "What A Girl Wants" in the last epi.
I think people should stop being so overly critical of the show and just enjoy it. I agree with bp906 in saying this is my favorite out of all the new shows on TV right now. If I have a complaint, it is that they seem to be going too quickly through certain storylines...for instance, Puck & Rachel- why tease us like that with a one-epi deal? Lol...

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Nov 3, 2009 12:24PM EST

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Nov 19, 2009 2:48PM EST

I agree. The show is adorable, but they have to stop with the creepy fake numbers. I've literally *cringed* on three separate occasions. Will rapping? Holy no.

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