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The Backbeats were formed as a sort of collegiate, a cappella supergroup, with its members drawn from USC, Brigham Young University, UCLA, and the Los Angeles Country High School for the Performing Arts, and after competing on the second season of NBC's The Sing-Off, the group's bright, inventive vocal arrangements of various pop hits earned them a record deal. This debut album, arranged and produced by members Kenton Chen and Ben Bram, expands on that promise with multi-layered vocals on versions of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy," Adele's "Turning Tables," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," and Sara Bareilles' "Uncharted" (Bareilles herself guests on the version here), among others.

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They're Back!

Glad to see an album out of The Backbeats… they were one of my favorites when they were on the television series, and I'm glad to see them still making music. Nice work guys!

What happened to a cappella?!

I was so excited to see an album by the Backbeats. I utterly loved them on the Sing-Off, but then I buy this album and almost every song had drum tracks and over produced vocals. I think this killed the original spirit that so many of us fell in love with when the Backbeats first came into the limelight. One of the things that makes them so amazing is their beat boxing and their natural vocal rhythms and they are either over filtered beyond recognition or they are just laid in with a drum machine. What a disservice to this wonderful group's sound. I played the album once and probably won't play it again. Don't lose yourself in the studio by taking terrible advice from musical producers - stay true to your natural sound because it's far better than this album.

Great BUT

I love these guys and the album is tons of fun, BUT I was a little disappointed with the amount of studio production. The Backbeats proved on The Sing Off that they don't need to be autotuned and looped and synthed - they can do amazing things all on their own - and so for me, the addition of all of those elements cheapened it a bit. I was especially sad about Courtney Jensen's solo track 'Til The World Ends.' Out of everyone in the group, that girl can really do incredible things with her voice, and yet that track might as well have been sung by a robot.

Still give it 5 stars because I'm so happy to have more music from this tremendous group of vocalists in my library, and nothing could keep me from enjoying it (and playing it on repeat for the rest of forever). I'd highly recommend; it's a gorgeous album, I especially loved 'Thinkin 'Bout Somethin',' 'If I were a Boy' and the track with Sara Bareilles! Just hope next time they'll keep it a bit more real.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

A cappella soul, pop, and rock group the Backbeats were formed as a sort of collegiate super vocal group, with members drawn from other singing groups on the a cappella scene at USC, Brigham Young University, UCLA and the Los Angeles Country High School of the Performing Arts. Basing themselves in in L.A., the group consisted of sopranos Joanna Jones and Kelley Jakle, alto Rachel Saltzman, tenors Jordan Pharoah and Eitan Nir, baritone Kenton Chen, bass Todd G. Levin, and vocal percussionist Courtney...
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