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EDITORS’ NOTES

The a cappella crew breathes new life into seasonal classics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The a cappella crew breathes new life into seasonal classics.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

1047 Ratings

Well... It's Ok.

RachelWiz,

Let me preface this by saying that I am a hard-core Pentaholic, and love their work. However, this Christmas album was not on par with their previous one. By no means was it bad (all the members have amazing talent!) but it wasn't something to listen to on repeat like their last albums. The songs seemed predictable in arrangement, with it corresponding in styles nearly exactly with the last albums (Sugar Plum Fairy vs God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Hark the Herald Angels Sing vs O Come All Ye Faithful, and White Christmas vs It's The Most Wonderful Time are the most obvious). The original songs are trite at best, juvenile at worst. I expected better now that they have an original album under their belt. To be honest, they sound like they were written as an afterthought. The song choices are not what I would've chosen. Hallelujah is NOT a Christmas song, and an *NSYNC song? Really? Perhaps they've run out of songs after so many Christmas albums in short succession. The classic songs and more traditionally written songs like "That's Christmas to Me" seem to resonate more with people (see Mary Did You Know) However, I do appreciate the more even distribution of solos, especially Kirstin's chance to shine. She is the most underrated and least utilized voice, so she deserves more solo work and proves that she can lead a song amazingly (Good to be Bad, Hallelujah). Ultimately this album is disappointingly weaker than their last ones, although there are a few improvements, and I hope the next album is a better one!

Tl;dr Just buy the other PTX Christmas albums unless you're a Kirstin fan. ( Kirstan! ;) )

AMAZING

Clairem2000,

This album is soooo amazing!! I love how they have everyone singing the leads throughout the album- better than I could ever imagine!

About Pentatonix

A five-person a cappella group originally from Arlington, Texas, Pentatonix first found a national spotlight by winning the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off in 2011. With a decidedly contemporary spin on the format and unique strengths at each position in their lineup, they followed the appearance with a string of Top Ten albums, multiple Grammy Awards, and international chart success.

Formed by high-school friends Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying, the group got its start after its version of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga's "Telephone," recorded for a local Glee-related contest, started garnering attention on YouTube. The band then added members Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, renamed itself Pentatonix, and auditioned for The Sing-Off. Standing out for their unexpected stylistic range, which found them covering songs in such styles as electronica, reggae, R&B, dubstep, and more, Pentatonix ultimately won The Sing-Off performing Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."

They relocated to Los Angeles and released a debut EP, PTX, Vol. 1, in 2012, featuring versions of "Starships" by Nicki Minaj and "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. The inevitable PTXmas and their debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno followed later that year. Another EP the next year, PTX, Vol. 2, featured versions of hits by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Calvin Harris, as well as "Daft Punk," which won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. PTX, Vol. 3, released in September 2014, included three originals and four covers, including "Problem" by Ariana Grande and a version of Disclosure's "Latch" called "La La Latch." The next month brought their second holiday release, That's Christmas to Me. Subsequently awarded a platinum certification from the RIAA, its "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" won the group a second Grammy.

In 2015, Pentatonix delivered their fourth studio album, an eponymously titled release of all-original material that topped the Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "Can't Sleep Love," landed in the Hot 100. In the meantime, they also had a cameo in the hit musical film Pitch Perfect 2. The following summer, they reworked Ray Parker, Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme for the 2016 reboot of the film franchise, and in September 2016 the group released a version of "Jolene" featuring Dolly Parton. The latter ultimately won them a third Grammy, this time for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. That October, they issued A Pentatonix Christmas, which became their second number one, platinum-selling recording, given an extra boost with the NBC-televised A Pentatonix Christmas Special in December. It featured a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that hit the Top 25 in the U.S. as well as Canada and parts of Europe, where it topped the singles chart in Austria. Pentatonix returned with more music early in 2017 via PTX, Vol. 4 - Classics, which featured "Jolene" as well as a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine." The EP made the Top Ten in Canada, Australia, and the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard 200. ~ Matt Collar & Marcy Donelson

  • ORIGIN
    Arlington, TX
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • FORMED
    2011

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