Pentatonix Turns Vocals into Pleasing Album


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Pentatonix releases a satisfying deluxe album.

Charlotte Rose, A&E Assistant Editor

Pentatonix is a five-member a capella group who rose to the top of the charts after the release of their self-titled album. Each member of the group provides individual sounds that blend together to create catchy melodies. Their album was released on October 16 and sold near 100,000 copies in the first week. The deluxe version consists of a few covers and plenty of upbeat original tracks.

It is hard to believe that an album this good was only made by using vocals, handclaps, and beat box. Some tracks like “Sing” and “Na Na Na” possess a current pop sound while others, such as “Cracked,” lean slightly towards the rock genre. The majority of the tracks resemble fun “poppy” songs you would hear on the average radio station, but a few are slow paced and focus on vocals.

My favorite tracks are “Ref” and “Rose Gold.” The first is up-tempo with a repetitive riff in the chorus.  “Rose Gold” has a simple beat and is one of the softer tracks on the album. The group showcases their variety of talents through different types of music that all resemble their style.

The rest of the album consists of enjoyable tracks and three covers including OMI’s “Cheerleader.” The quintet made their version unique by adding background vocals that differ from the original song. Their cover of “Lean On” by Major Lazer is the most impressive. They successfully replaced the original electronic instruments with vocals.

This self-titled album is the biggest the group has released and has received huge success. From touring around the world to appearing in the popular movie “Pitch Perfect 2,” the group has accomplished so much just this year, and they do not seem to be stopping anytime soon. Their vocals and catchy songs make the group unique and I can’t wait to hear what Pentatonix creates in the future.