Who says that while the “Glee” kids are painting the town this summer on tour, Mr. Schuester has to stay home and cut the lawn? Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester on the hit TV show “Glee,” is about to take his career in another new direction: pop music recording artist.
Who says that while the “Glee” kids are painting the town this summer on tour, Mr. Schuester has to stay home and cut the lawn?
Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester on the hit TV show “Glee,” is about to take his career in another new direction: pop music recording artist.
Morrison’s self-titled debut album is available now, proving his singing talent goes beyond the Broadway stage and the small screen. But is it enough to make it alongside the singers who, until now, he only covers on “Glee”? Judging by the hands that played a role on this record, I’d have to say yes.
The album teams Morrison with such industry giants as Sting and Elton John, as well as “American Idol” winner Kris Allen and Gwenyth Paltrow.
Paltrow and Morrison perform an awesome rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” almost as if the TV cameras were rolling. The song is complete with the Broadway lush you’d expect from the classic song. But I have to remind myself this is a pop record and not a stage soundtrack.
The album’s first single, “Summer Rain,” was penned by Morrison. The lyrics speak modern, while the sound carries an ’80s vibe. It wouldn’t have been my first choice as lead single — others could have made a bigger punch, such as “My Name,” which has a more contemporary, radio-play sound worthy of repeated listens.
Morrison stretches his vocal skills to pull off the Coldplay-ish “Still Got Tonight.” I wonder if Paltrow was around when he recorded that track, considering she’s married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
“Don’t Stop Dancing” and “Hey” sound like songs that could have been on Train’s last album, “Save Me, San Francisco.” These are the kinds of songs he needs to perform if he wants to be taken seriously as a recording artist. Also, he sheds a little of the campy Mr. Schuester vibe that I couldn’t help but hear up until the song “Hey.”
Morrison takes on Sting’s “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot.” This has always been a cool song to me. The two perform the song quite well as do Morrison and Elton John on the medley of “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters/Rocket Man,” one of the best tracks on the album.
Morrison is the first “Glee” cast member to release an album on a major label (Mercury), but I’m sure he won’t be the last, considering there is so much talent on “Glee.”
Hmm ... I wonder if Sylvester will get herself a copy. Maybe, deep down, she has been hot for teacher all along.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.