Review: A Pentatonix Christmas
‘Tis the season to listen to Christmas music, nonstop. At least, that’s the way it is in my house. Released in October, a capella group, Pentatonix, has certainly brought the Christmas music game up to a whole other level with their newest album, A Pentatonix Christmas.
After becoming a Youtube sensation and signing with RCA Records in 2014, Pentatonix has reinvented the music scene. The group, consisting of five members, Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi, have released two other Christmas albums in the past, PTXmas in 2012 and That’s Christmas to Me in 2014. Yet, A Pentatonix Christmas, has captivated audiences with Pentatonix’s unique arrangements of classic Christmas songs and beautifully blended voices.
With over 12 million Youtube subscribers, there is no doubt that Pentatonix is here to stay. Debuting at number 3 on the Billboard 200 music charts, A Pentatonix Christmas draws listeners in with their upbeat song arrangements, like that of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Up On The Housetop.” The joy in these song selections is palpable, just what one would want during Christmas time! This album is truly one of the pop hits that should be included in any successful Christmas party playlist.
Most remarkably, two of the songs, “The Christmas Sing-Along” and “Good to Be Bad,” on A Pentatonix Christmas are completely original. These two songs will most certainly be considered Christmas classics in the future. With pop jams like these, no party will be boring this holiday season!
Pentatonix does, however, slow things down with my personal favorite on the album, “Hallelujah,” originally by Leonard Cohen. The raw emotions within this track lead to a blissful listening experience, surely to make listeners think of the true meaning of the holiday season.
A Pentatonix Christmas is certainly an album that will become a household favorite, with their strong vocals and powerful arrangements. This album will most definitely hook you on Pentatonix music. Make sure to check these tracks out either on the Pentatonix Youtube channel or on iTunes.