Pentatonix

Pentatonix

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Genre-bending a cappella ensemble Pentatonix first came to audiences' attention during their winning run on the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off in 2011. Since then, Pentatonix have retained a loyal following, living up to the reality show hype with a distinctive brand of vocal pop that touches on rock, R&B, and EDM, all without

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Genre-bending a cappella ensemble Pentatonix first came to audiences' attention during their winning run on the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off in 2011. Since then, Pentatonix have retained a loyal following, living up to the reality show hype with a distinctive brand of vocal pop that touches on rock, R&B, and EDM, all without the aid of any instruments. Despite their unique style, as with most of their a cappella peers, they've largely concentrated on applying it to cover songs. That all changes with the release of their self-titled 2015 album, which consists of all-original material. The move makes a lot of sense. In a post-Glee, post-Pitch Perfect world, the gimmick of an a cappella group in the pop sphere is becoming steadily less ridiculous. And Pentatonix certainly do all they can here to deliver a mainstream pop album designed to sit on the shelf next to works by Maroon 5 and Beyoncé. Perhaps not surprisingly to longtime fans, they've succeeded, and cuts like the exuberant "Sing" and the slinky "Ref" are infectious, dance-ready numbers that will most likely appeal to most fans of contemporary pop music. Also working in Pentatonix's favor is their ability to trade lead vocal parts from song to song. This means that the group can move between genres without sacrificing strength, leaning on the talents of one member for a gospel-tinged song, and another for something EDM. Also adding a modern flavor to Pentatonix are guest vocalists Jason Derulo on "If I Ever Fall in Love" and Tink on "Can't Sleep Love." Thankfully, Pentatonix haven't forgotten their roots, and tracks like "Cracked" and the stately "Take Me Home" are nearly pristine in their deft a cappella arrangements. Ultimately, by moving away from cover tunes, Pentatonix have helped push the a cappella style even further into the pop spotlight. That the only instruments they've used to do it are their voices makes their achievement all the more impressive.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2015
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0888751482326
catalogNumber:
514823
Rank:
2408

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pentatonix   Primary Artist
Sam Hollander   Background Vocals
Martin Johnson   Background Vocals
Brandon Paddock   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kevin Fisher   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Composer
Tim Jaquette   Engineer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Ed Boyer   Additional Production
Clifton Dillon   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Rob Cohen   Engineer
Michael Greene   Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Dru Castro   Engineer
George Seara   Engineer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Kevin Figueiredo   Composer
Frank Ramirez   Engineer
Sonny Moore   Composer
Martin Johnson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Kyle Moorman   Engineer,Additional Production
Ruth-Anne Cunningham   Composer
Scott Hoying   Composer
Jeffery Armstreet   Engineer
Eric Blomquist   Engineer
Justin Bieber   Composer
Jared Evan   Composer
Stephen Wrabel   Composer
William Grigahcine   Composer
Drew Pearson   Producer
Carl E. Martin   Composer
Audra Mae   Composer
Talay Riley   Composer
Brandon Paddock   Engineer,Additional Production
Elof Loelv   Composer
Philip Meckseper   Composer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Mark Bradford   Composer
Andrew Pearson   Composer
Ben Bram   Arranger,Producer,Additional Production
Matt Greco   Engineer
Christopher J. Baran   Composer
Pentatonix   Arranger,Producer
Mitch Grassi   Composer
Avi Kaplan   Composer
Kyle Stevens   Engineer
Annie Stoll   Art Direction
Steve Guess   Composer
Blake Mares   Engineer
Matt Rad   Composer
David Rodriguez   Engineer
Karen Ørsted   Composer
Ryan Dillon   Composer
Taylor Parks   Composer
Teddy Pena   Composer
Jason Boyd   Composer
Trinity Home   Composer
Robert Sewell   Engineer
Kevin "K.O." Olusola   Composer
Brian Cabanatuan   Vocal Engineer
Omar Samuel Pasley   Composer
Kirstin Maldonado   Composer
Daniel Zadenstadt   Engineer
Gerritt Tisdale   Engineer
Hernan Castaneda   Engineer
William Wells   Composer

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Pentatonix 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
PentaAvi21 More than 1 year ago
People have said that A Capella and original music would never work and here they are proving everyone wrong! The album has a mixture of soul, pop, rock, and feel-good anthems. Pentatonix has their own style, as heard on previous albums on both covers and original songs. Still, on a debut original album, they have not lost their style; in fact, they're perfecting it with every song. This album does so much for your mood and can be listened to by fans of every age! I highly recommend this album because 1: it, along with the fans and the band who created it have made music history, 2: the time and hard work put into it is nothing short of amazing, and 3: it's an overall fantastic album to have on repeat!