University A Cappella!

University A Cappella!

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by Ben Folds
     
 
Despite Ben Folds' protests to the contrary, University A Cappella! is a total novelty, its 16 songs containing nary an instrument and many a harmonized voice. Some may view the move as a gimmick, but there's something truly...well, novel about Folds' work with these young ensembles, all of whom re-create the songwriter's acerbic pop
ock with voices

Overview

Despite Ben Folds' protests to the contrary, University A Cappella! is a total novelty, its 16 songs containing nary an instrument and many a harmonized voice. Some may view the move as a gimmick, but there's something truly...well, novel about Folds' work with these young ensembles, all of whom re-create the songwriter's acerbic pop
ock with voices alone. While the world of collegiate a cappella isn't exactly a macrocosm of the music business, it does mirror the industry's recording trends, with more and more ensembles adopting the same digitally tuned, Pro Tools-weaned approach that achieves perfection at the expense of the human element. Folds serves as producer on the bulk of these songs, however, and he captures the group's renditions with virtually no studio wizardry, allowing some errors to remain in the final mix for realistic effect. Those familiar with the top dogs of college a cappella may recognize some names here, particularly the perennially solid Loreleis from UNC, but University A Cappella! gives ample room to ensembles that rarely occupy the spotlight. There's not a whiff of the Yale Whiffenpoofs nor a toot from Tufts' Beelzebubs; instead, listeners are treated to a solid version of "Fair" by Eau Claire's six-person Fifth Element, a winsome "Evaporated" by a high-school choir from Massachusetts, and a sadly middling "Brick" (whose intro sounds more like a church hymn than a '90s ballad) by the Ohio University Leading Tones. The performances are hit-or-miss -- and many of them are trumped by Folds' own pair of songs -- but the originality remains fairly consistent, yielding an album that should delight a cappella enthusiasts and, at the very least, interest the average Folds fan.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0886974730125
catalogNumber:
747301

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Folds   Primary Artist,Vocals
Webb Wilder   Vocals
John Ray   Vocals
Joe Costa   Vocals
Jared Reynolds   Vocals
Gracie Folds   Vocals
Julia Rose Neff   Vocals
Louis Folds   Vocals
Gracie Folds   Vocals
Christie Weber   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jonathan Schwartz   Arranger
John Miller   Engineer
Bradley Hartman   Arranger
Ben Folds   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Costa   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
John Heiden   Artwork
Ken Levitan   Management
Darren Jessee   Composer
Brian Powers   Arranger
Dan Gross   Arranger
Jack Rovner   Management
Leslie Richter   Engineer
Greg McRae   Engineer
Emily Deaderick   Management
Chris Juengel   Arranger
Kerry Marsh   Arranger,Engineer
Joe Argus   Arranger
Marianne Cheng   Arranger
Joel Esher   Arranger
Misha Levental   Arranger
Courrtney Park   Arranger
Emily Riehl   Arranger
Chris Rishel   Arranger,Engineer
Jonathan Sparks   Arranger
Mark Partridge   Arranger
Joe Holtan   Arranger
Brad Hartman   Arranger

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University A Cappella! 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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An original twist on Ben Folds' music with a sound that has long been enjoyed in my family. The Acapella groups' arrangements and voices were perfect for the quirkiness that is part pf Folds' style. Solo voices were fabulous and there was great blend among the rest of the groups. My co-workers were introduced to it before opening the shop and many had never heard of Folds. I got lots of "What is this??" and "This is really interesting/cool." Thanks Ben!
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