Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Glee "The First Time": Oh Oh Catch That Buzz

When it was leaked that Glee would be doing a West Side Story, there were a number of ways for this to go, and most involved it taking over the episode. Instead, thankfully, we get the famed musical subtly interwoven into a Glee plot that was surprisingly not about getting the 'big scene.' As such, there's no Sue Sylvester and barely a flash of Mr. Schu and the episode works the better for it.

It's been awhile since Glee employed three original songs without the Glee Cast's autotune-heavy interpretation. Blaine (Darren Criss) has been a wholly different character since moving to McKinley High, and seeing him with the Warblers (performing a bit of Billy Joel) reminds us of that. The three non-Glee songs backed this different Blaine, with Roxy Music, ABC and Thelma Houston all serving their purpose.

Glee - Episode 3.06
1. "Love is the Drug" - Roxy Music [mp3]
2. "Uptown Girl" (Billy Joel) - The Warblers [mp3]
3. "A Boy Like That" (from West Side Story) - Rachel & Santana [mp3]
4. "One Hand One Heart" (from West Side Story) - Rachel & Blaine [mp3]
5. "Poison Arrow" - ABC [mp3]
6. "Don't Leave Me This Way" - Thelma Houston [mp3]
7. "America" (from West Side Story) - New Directions [mp3]
8. "Tonight" (from West Side Story) - Rachel & Blaine [mp3]

Previously: "Pot O' Gold" (Episode 3.05)

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