‘The Passion’ soundtrack is here — and it’s just as different as you’d think. The live show will air on Sunday and is taking old and new pop songs and covering them. So, how does Jesus’ cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ work? Surprisingly, it’s really good.
We all know that the Glee music producers never held back when picking songs to cover — and since it’s the same guy, it’s the same thing for The Passion. Adam Anders created the soundtrack for the live production set for March 20. So, here’s the song list, and I must say, the singers didn’t try to copy the original singer’s (no one can sing Whitney like Whitney), but instead put their own, original spin on each hit. And it worked. Plus, read our full review of the show here.
“When Love Takes Over” – Yolanda Adams (Originally by Kelly Rowland)
The original was an EDM hit by David Guetta, so hearing it a little slower, a little less rushed, was actually very pretty. It wasn’t too changed and still had the original beat we loved but Yolanda’s voice was (in my opinion) just as awesome as Kelly’s vocals were.
“Love Can Move Mountains” – The Passion Cast (Originally by Celine Dion)
Not many can take on Celine, but what I liked about this rendition was that it was made into a chorus number with the entire cast in it. They didn’t try to imitate such an epic voice.
“My Love Is Your Love” – Trisha Yearwood (Originally by Whitney Houston)
This is kind of the same as above — no one is Whitney. However, Trisha took it on in her own, country-style way and her range is so different that it’s actually a whole different song, and totally sounds like you’d actually sing it at church.
“Home” – Jencarlos & Prince Royce (Originally by Phillip Phillips)
The American Idol winner’s song is a favorite of mine, so I wasn’t expecting to like this one. It’s not better than Phillip’s, but as a duet, it’s a pleasant surprise.
“With Arms Wide Open” – Jencarlos (Originally by Creed)
So I’m not a Creed fan, but Jencarlos’ voice is so good that it definitely is worth listening to this version.
“Hands” – Trisha Yearwood (Originally by Jewel)
For many of us, “Hands” brings us back to the ’90s, and honestly, Trisha’s version is just as amazing as Jewel’s. It’s passionate, strong, and the emotion of the lyrics comes through in her voice. I also actually like the song slowed down a little bit, too.
“Bring Me To Life” – Chris Daughtry (Originally by Evanescence)
If anyone can cover Evanescence and the goddess that is Amy Lee, it’s Chris Daughtry. I feel like he should have sang this on Idol!
“Calling All Angels” – Jencarlos (Originally by Train)
I mean, is there a song more perfect for this soundtrack? Again, Jencarlos’ voice is so great that it’s likable. This is very different from Train’s version, but Jencarlos’ high pitch totally works.
“I Won’t Give Up” – Trisha Yearwood (Originally by Jason Mraz)
I wasn’t sure about how a woman’s voice would sound with this song, but since Jason has such a high pitch, Trisha’s cover was done in the perfect way.
“Demons” – Chris Daughtry & Jencarlos (Originally by Imagine Dragons)
Chris and Jencarlos need to start a band. Just sayin’.
“The Reason” – Prince Royce (Originally by Hoobastank)
Prince Royce should join Hoobastank. I actually don’t like the original, and this cover, paired with the epic violins in the background is so great.
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Trisha Yearwood (Originally from Carousel)
Of course, a musical number had to be thrown in — and Trisha covers it just as well as Babs did.
“We Don’t Need Another Hero” – Seal & Jencarlos (Originally by Tina Turner)
Tina Turner sung by Seal? Never thought that would be a sentence I’d write, but I’m totally okay with it after hearing the cover.
“Mad World” – Seal (Originally by Tears for Fears)
This song is so epic, I have to admit I cringed when I heard it would be covered. However, Seal may have the perfect voice for it.
“Broken” – Trisha Yearwood (Originally by Lifehouse)
What is it about Trisha Yearwood’s voice that just touches your soul? This one does that.
“Unconditionally” – Jencarlos (Originally by Katy Perry)
This was the one I was the most worried about — and I liked it more than Katy’s version. Yup, I said it.
Which cover is your favorite? You can order the full soundtrack here.