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For anyone looking to get into the Christmas spirit, look no further than Pentatonix’s new Christmas album.
Titled “A Pentatonix Christmas” it is filled with mostly upbeat and fast-paced versions of christmas songs that can make even a christmas grinch want to sing along. Sped up songs like “Come All Ye Faithful,” “God Rest Ye Mary’s Gentleman,” “Up in the Housetop,” and “Christmas Sing Along” keep the album’s synergy strong.
This is their third Christmas album, released on Oct. 10.
“A Pentatonix Christmas” begins with a rendition of “Come all Ye Faithful” which has a drum-like beat box throughout and the unique acapella sound that makes this different than other versions.
The acapella group does well in harmonizing rhythm and lyrics through voice. Each voice has a distinctive moment to shine on the album, but the connection between the group is felt in impact moments like when singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” which has been popularized by Rufus Wainwright. While “Hallelujah” is not traditionally a christmas song, the group’s rendition of it is beautiful, and its inclusion helps slow the pace of the album down a little bit.
“I’ll be Home for Christmas” gives all the voices a moment to shine as the song starts to tug on whatever heartstring this particular song may or may pull on the listener, depending on what it means to them.
“Up On the Housetop” was not a favorite of mine. The sudden change in tempo felt awkward at times, otherwise it would have been an catchy hit.
Another key moment on the album is Pentatonix’s original song “Christmas Sing Along.” Pentatonix belts out, “You’ve got the voice to sing/ shout it out and make it ring/ no matter if it’s stormy weather/ just as long as we’re together.” It was well written and performed, and fit well in the mixture of songs on the CD.
There was a certain amount of 90s nostalgia that came back when they sing *NSYNC’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday’s.” While having a similar sound as the version of the boy band from back in the day because a male dominated sound, the female voice adds another level to the song.
This album is recommended for anybody who enjoys acapella music, or for anybody who just wants to sing along to some christmas classics.