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“A Pentatonix Christmas” Album Review

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Pentatonix arrives at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Pentatonix arrives at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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Pentatonix arrives at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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Two-time Grammy award winning a cappella group Pentatonix recently released a new Christmas album, A Pentatonix Christmas, on October 21st, 2016. The second Christmas record of the band, consisting of five vocalists (Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola), takes the classic Christmas platform with the signature a capella twist.

Originating from Arlington, Texas with the Trio (Grassi, Hoying, and Maldonado), Pentatonix, or PTX, has made its way to the top in only five years, and they keep getting better; their career began advancing when they won the Sing-Off, a televised a cappella competition show, in 2011.

They received a record deal with Madison Gate Records, but unfortunately, were quickly dropped. Soon after, they began uploading covers of popular songs on Youtube and made albums with producer Ben Bram, and eventually sealed a record deal with RCA. And the rest is music history.

Pentatonix’s new Christmas album includes eleven songs, which consists of two originals: “Christman Sing-Along” and “Good To Be Bad.” Diverse renditions fill the track list of the album, such as “Hallelujah,” a heartfelt cover of the Leonard Cohen composition.

The album doesn’t fall short of tunes, with “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” “Up on the Housetop,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and the classic- “White Christmas,” which increases in tempo as the song progresses.

More traditional songs presented in the album involve “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and “Coventry Carol,” which contains some more of that“a cappella feel” than the other melodies. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is a great track to listen to when relaxing with friends and family with it’s mellow and laid back beat.

One highlight of the album is Kanye West’s “Coldest Winter,” starting out reserved and calm, but soon speeding up into a whirlwind of lyrics and emotion. The song focuses on the vocal range of Grassi, the lead tenor in Pentatonix, and his famous high-notes, along with Maldonado, lead mezzo-soprano.

This album will definitely be a must-have for this season, as it’s filled with joy for the whole family.

A Pentatonix Christmas can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Web Store, Walmart, and Target. For further information on Pentatonix, visit their website: ptxofficial.com, where products such as albums and merchandise can be bought just in time for the holidays. 

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