Glee The Music: The Christmas Album, Vol. 4 comes out December 3, but you can here all 6 songs here right now.
The album is the soundtrack to the Glee episode, “Previously Unaired Christmas” airing on FOX Thursday December 5. The premise of the musical comedy’s fall finale, is that a Christmas special taped last year was too “hot” for FOX to air. I’m not even kidding about that.
In a re-imagined Christmas of 2012, Santana is in NYC, working at a mall as a Santa’s helper with Kurt and Rachel. The trio also work as live models in Christmas windows. Back in Lima, New Directions puts on a Nativity pageant.
Remember Dallas, when an entire season turned out to be a cast members fevered dream? Or the finale of St. Elsewhere when it was revealed the entire series happened in the mind of Dr. Westphal’s autistic son? This special is kinda like that. Blaine spending Christmas with Kurt and Burt in NYC, Rachel taking a cruise with her Dads, Jake roadtripping to LA with his brother Noah–forget that stuff. It didn’t happen.
In Christmas 2012, Finn was still very much alive. I’m guessing the writers got around that by not mentioning him at all.
ETA: The really weird thing about this episode, is that it disregards canon, but doesn’t erase it. It’s as if the Glee writers penned an AU (alternate universe) fan fiction. It’s a way to have a Christmas special outside of the current plotline, which is still stuck in spring of 2013.
The music. Here Comes Santa Clause is hilarious. Even funnier are Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Naya Rivera with their voices sped up just like the Chipmunks. You probably didn’t think Chris’s voice could go any higher. Wrong!
Alex Newell gets to show off his gospel chops on “Mary’s Little Boy.” I just can’t wait to find out where “Love Child” fits into this scenario.
Listen to the songs below:
Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) (Rachel / Kurt & Santana)
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (New Directions)
Mary’s Little Boy Child (Unique & Tina)
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (Rachel / Kurt / Santana & Cody)
Love Child (Unique / Marley & Tina)
Away In A Manger (New Directions Featuring Rachel / Kurt & Santana)