Update: Since the release this morning, we now have a taste of Gwyneth Paltrow's upcoming turn on Glee. We already know she'll being singing Prince's "Kiss" with Mr. Schuester, but now we get word that she'll try her hand at "Landslide." It's a swell enough effort, but the thing about that song is that a lot of people can sing it, but very few can actually give any real oomph. Listen for yourself.
Earlier: We've waited all this time (what? like two weeks?) to hear the new original song that Glee has put together for us, but we weren't supposed to hear it until March 8 when Glee's volume 5 album came out. Thanks to Fox's go-to guy, Ryan Seacrest, we got a little jump start on the waiting game when he played one of the new songs in full on his radio show. The first song includes all the Glee voices and is called "Loser Like Me" but it's not exactly what I'd call a winner. The second seemed to have a bit more promise, but "Get It Right" is a bit sleepy for the standards that the show has created. I've often thought that Glee had successfully separated itself from the deplorable Disney musical, High School Musical, but this song makes me question that distinction. Yes, Lea Michele can sing circles around Vanessa Hudgens and Amber Riley's got pipes for days. The Disney kids are no match, but this new song sounds like it was stolen right out the HSM playbook. The thing about that is no matter how great of a singer or performer you are, if the songs suck, they're going to fall flat. And I'm going to be blunt, in my opinion, these new songs are stinkers.
What was so wrong with Glee doing other people's songs anyway? Didn't we all fall in love with the show the first time they gave us that awesome version of "Don't Stop Believing?" Yeah, it would be great if they happened to find inspiration for a song and couldn't keep it to themselves or some big-time song writer came to them with something they just had to see on the show, but that doesn't seem to be the case. "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right" both sound like nothing more than cookie cutter tunes manufactured to fit the show, and honestly, that's not what we tune in for.
To take a listen for yourself, visit Ryan Seacrest's site here.
Sources: RyanSeacrest.com, Vulture