Teenage Dream: Darren Criss

Darren Criss joined the cast of Glee in the episode “Never Been Kissed” as Blaine Anderson, a gay student at a rival school. He is now a recurring character. Darren’s first song on Glee, “Teenage Dream “, hit number 1 on the Billboard charts, selling 214,000 singles in its first week. It was the first time a Glee track had reached the #1 spot, and is the fastest selling Glee track to date. He followed this trend with other songs he sang in later episodes; “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “When I Get You Alone,” “Silly Love Songs,” “Hey Soul Sister,” “Animal,” “Candles,” and “Raise Your Glass;” most which have reached the top ten on iTunes.

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  1. I doubt if Katy’s main objective with this release is to stimulate our cerebral muscles but she might want to stimulate you in other ways. She’s very naughty here (a shout out to new hubby Russell Brand perhaps?), veering into territory more frequently inhabited by the likes of Ke$ha, Britney, Rihanna and Shakira with such trashy anthems as “Teenage Dream”, “Peacock” (hey, Toni Basil!), and another of my particular favorites “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” in which the narrator drinks too much, breaks some laws, has a three-way and indulges in other hedonistic activities. I make no apologies- this song makes me feel young again.

    Other highlights include the divine bubblegum dance pop hit “California Gurls” in which Snoop Dogg’s little bits are a welcome addition. “Firework” really surprised me. I first heard it on the radio and thought it sounded like Katy but at the same time there was something different about it. Probably my favorite song on a very consistent album, the music is all joyous strings with Katy belting out this beautiful anthem of empowerment like it’s the last song she’ll ever sing. I love the way she goes right from the sublime to the ridiculous in the following “Peacock”, a funky and hilarious ode to a man’s `architecture’ and back again to the heartache of “Circle The Drain”, a song about drug addiction. I can’t help but wonder how much of this CD’s material is based on reality and how much is fiction which adds to its allure for me. “Hummingbird Heartbeat” is my final favorite, a kind of sister song to “Teenage Dream”. This record is fun, humorous and at times even touching. It even smells good! Like the sweets adorning our Ms. Perry in the album artwork, this is a pure confection of guilty pleasure.

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