Thursday, November 15, 2012

One Man's Opinion. Pentatonix PTXmas

So right off the bat, I realize that Pentatonix is not a Christian group...but this is about Christmas music.  The five person a cappella group, based in Arlington, Texas got their big break by winning NBC's "The Sing Off" last year.  What makes this group so unique is their complex and innovative arrangements.  They do more with five human voices than most bands do with a tractor trailer full of instruments.  In all transparency, I'm a fan.  I followed their journey on TV and loved them more each week.

Needless to say, I was excited to discover the Pentatonix 6 song Christmas EP titled "PTXmas".  This is total ear candy.  The thing that impresses me most, is the fine line the group walked in giving each song a fresh sound, without losing the classic, familiar feel of these well known tunes.  Again, the arrangements are spot on and just cool.  Of course, the vocal performances are nothing short of breathtaking. 

It would be hard to pick a favorite from the EP...but if forced, the complexity of Carol of the Bells would probably sway my decision.  Here are all of the tracks:

  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Carol of the Bells
  • The Christmas Song
  • O Holy Night
  • This Christmas

So here are your instructions...
  1. Buy and download the entire E.P.
  2. Listen.
  3. Enjoy
  4. Get dumbfounded when you remember there are no instruments being used!
  5. Thank me later.
Also, on a quick side note, Pentatonix beat-boxer Kevin Olusola is a professed Christian and has worked with Michael Gungor.  Check out the videos on YouTube of Kevin beat-boxing and playing the the same time...while playing with Gungor.

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