Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2

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Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2
Soundtrack album by Glee Cast
Released November 11, 2011
Genre Christmas music
Label Columbia / 20th Century Fox TV
Glee Cast chronology
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2011)
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2
(2011)
Glee: The Music, Volume 7
(2011)

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 is the soundtrack album by the cast of the American musical television series Glee, released by Columbia Records on November 11, 2011.[1]

Background[edit]

The album features twelve Christmas tunes: ten covers and two original songs. The original songs are both written by Adam Anders, Peer Åström and Shelly Peiken: "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" and "Christmas Eve with You".[2] In addition to featuring twelve of the starring characters from the television show's third season (only Dianna Agron, Jane Lynch and Harry Shum, Jr. are not listed), all four of the finalists from The Glee Project are featured: Damian McGinty solos on "Blue Christmas", Samuel Larsen is featured with Cory Monteith and Mark Salling on "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", and runners-up Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell duet on "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number six, selling 71,000 copies in its first week.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

Heather Phares of Allmusic gave the album a rating of three-and-a-half stars out of a possible five, and wrote that "listeners know what to expect" and the album "delivers just that". She praised Amber Riley's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as "charming", Naya Rivera's "Santa Baby" as "mischievous", Heather Morris's "Christmas Wrapping" as "brilliant", and Chris Colfer and Darren Criss for their "brassy, breezy" version of "Let It Snow". She did note that the album "flags" when "unfamiliar" songs are presented and singled out the original song "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" in this regard. She also criticized the final song of the album, "Do They Know It’s Christmas?", and described it as "overwrought".[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"   Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff Mariah Carey 4:03
2. "Extraordinary Merry Christmas"   Adam Anders, Peer Åström, Shelly Peiken Glee Cast original 3:39
3. "Santa Baby"   Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer Eartha Kitt 2:31
4. "Christmas Eve with You"   Anders, Åström, Peiken Glee Cast original 3:28
5. "Little Drummer Boy"   Katherine K. Davis Trapp Family Singers 2:56
6. "River"   Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell 4:03
7. "Do You Hear What I Hear?"   Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne Baker Harry Simeone Chorale 3:52
8. "Let It Snow"   Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne Vaughn Monroe 2:47
9. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"   John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie Harry Reser and His Orchestra 2:49
10. "Christmas Wrapping"   Chris Butler The Waitresses 4:03
11. "Blue Christmas"   Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson Doye O'Dell 3:49
12. "Do They Know It's Christmas?"   Bob Geldof, Midge Ure Band Aid 3:35

Personnel[edit]

Source: Allmusic[5]

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