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'Glee': 'The Music, The Power Of Madonna'

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Released on Monday, Apr 26 2010

Three words to give any potent pop fan the horn: Glee Does Madonna. Not only does the steely-eyed, tracksuit-sporting 50-something - Madge that is, not Sue Sylvester - have one of the best back catalogues in the business, but she's got more in common with the show's menagerie of misfits than one might initially imagine: besides being motherless since the age of five, and a failed dancer years before she became a pop sensation, what could make you feel more like an outsider than being The World's Most Famous Woman?

Thankfully, the idea succeeds on record as well as on paper. Glee: The Music, The Power Of Madonna - OK, so the title's about as smooth as Rachel's upper lip - collects seven of the tracks performed on the TV phenom's much-hyped Madonna ep, which aired Stateside last night, while there's a bonus track for iTunes buyers in the form of 'Burning Up'. Pre-TX hype may have focused on Sue Sylvester's 'Vogue' homage, which still manages to be entertaining shorn of its visuals, but it's not the most imaginative reworking here. That honour goes either to the all-male rendition of 'What It Feels Like A Girl', complete with Puck and co delivering the Charlotte Gainsbourg spoken word intro, or a two-and-a-bit-minute mash-up of 'Borderline' and 'Open Your Heart'. Both wind up strangely moving. The most fun moment, meanwhile, comes when Mercedes and Kurt vamp it up over a marching band take on '4 Minutes'.

The EP's remaining tracks are surprisingly faithful recreations of the originals - yes, the covers of 'Like A Virgin' (giddy), 'Express Yourself' (bouncy) and 'Like A Prayer' (predictably exultant) are essentially karaoke, but they're spirited, affectionate and utterly infectious karaoke. Besides, if the Glee treatment encourages a few younger pop fans to invest in Madonna's stellar recent hits collection, it can only be viewed as a good thing. And for those in the know, hearing five members of this thoroughly likable cast trilling 'Like A Virgin' in harmony is so downright gleeful, well, it's almost like being touched for the very first time.


> Click here to watch Sue Sylvester's re-enactment of the 'Vogue' video

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