Personnel: David Loucks, Emily Gomez, Jasper Randall, Tim Davis , Kamari Copeland, Cory Monteith, Zac Poor, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele , Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Nikki Hassman, Chris Mann , Windy Wagner, Matthew Morrison, Adam Anders (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Peer Astrom.
Recording information: AMI Studios, Studio City, CA; Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA; Castle Oaks, Calabasas, CA; Chalice Studios, Hollywood, CA; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Firehouse Studios, Pasadena, CA; Masterplan Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Resonate Studios, Burbank, CA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Like the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL franchise, GLEE became more than a TV show when several of its songs cracked the Hot 100, including the number four hit "Don't Stop Believing." That song kicks off this soundtrack, the first in a series of albums cataloging the music performed by the show's cast. Not all GLEE members are created equal--some cast mates are far better actors than singers--but this soundtrack has enough star power to keep things trucking along, especially when powerhouse alto Lea Michele takes the wheel. She sounds fantastic throughout, whether she's holding her own during a duet with Broadway queen Kristen Chenoweth or covering the likes of Jordin Sparks, Avril Lavigne, and Queen. The soundtrack is mostly a vehicle for her voice, yet it also gives ample stage time to Matthew Morrison, who downplays his own Broadway career by rapping on two different tracks. Tuneful performances by Mark Salling (the Neil Diamond-loving jock) and former boy band member Kevin McHale (the wheelchair-bound Artie) also point to the fact that GLEE is an ensemble production in disguise, but Lea Michele still receives top billing, as she sings circles around most of the pop stars whose music is featured here.