On Glee last night, the program stepped away from Katy Perry to celebrate an album each from two iconic singer/songwriters, mashing together in a way only Glee can tunes from Jagged Little Pill and Tapestry. And the results? Well, they were pretty dang fun.
As Kurt on the show noted himself, “None of these kids have even heard of Tapestry, and that’s just wrong.” It is wrong, and it’s nice whenever this show tries to introduce older music to a new generation (like the did so well a few seasons back with Rumours).
It was apropos that there was plenty of heartbreak music to go around, because Kurt was seriously still reeling from the Blaine breakup — as well as Blaine’s new, suddenly very serious relationship with Dave. In happier relationship news, Santana and Brittany realized they want to sing silly love songs together forever. Or, to take the words directly from Santana’s marriage proposal: “I wanna mashup with you forever.”
Below, all the songs from last night, ranked, as always, on overall performance + context + joy expressed.
5. “So Far Away”
Well, this one was over before it began, thanks to some nerves on Becky’s part. Of course the one time Tina gets to sing it’s immeadiately shut down…
4. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow/Head Over Feet”
Newbies! Jane and Mason perform their very first mashup, and it’s more than adequate. Simple and straightforward, it lacked the energy of some of Glee‘s best (Kurt was right in his critique), but I’m very excited to see what else these clearly talented new cast members are bringing to the table. On the Morissette/King front, this mashup didn’t work quite as well as the others, but it was still fun to listen to. Related: “Head Over Feet” is a flawless song that improves anything it’s involved with.
3. “You Learn/ You’ve Got A Friend”
Aww, another episode-ending song with the whole gang — both old and new (welcome, Jane, Mason, and all the rest!). It didn’t pack the emotional punch of some of the other numbers, but it sure was sweet.
2. “It’s Too Late”
What a way to kick off the show! After an awkward record store run in while picking up sheet music for the respective Glee clubs they are both running (so relatable!), Kurt imagined he and Blaine singing this classic all over Lima. This song is simply gorgeous, and it was an interesting twist to hear it sung by two guys. Heartbreak is hard, but the songs about it are the best.
Unfortunately, full video of the performance isn’t yet available.
1. “Hand in My Pocket/ I Feel the Earth Move”
Who could possibly not be a fan of Santana and Brittany? When they sing songs like this, their energy and voices complement each other so well that suddenly we’re endorsing all kinds of mashups. Of all the Morissette/King tunes thrown together in this hour, this combination probably worked best, taking Morisstte’s carefree melody and combining it with King’s powerful, fun anthem. Also, Santana and Brittany are engaged, and that’s “Dancing Around The Choir Room” news if I’ve ever heard it.
What was your favorite song from the episode?