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A Pentatonix Christmas

Jessica Leicht, Staff Writer

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Christmas, if you’re lucky, you can avoid any mention of it right until Halloween, then things start getting hectic with Christmas trees, lights and ads galore.  But if there is one thing that makes me excited to think about Christmas, that would be the music.  Every year I always look forward to the Christmas music and will blast it from November all the way till New Years Day.  Some of my favorites are any songs by Michael Bublé, Elvis Presley and of course Pentatonix.  

Pentatonix has recently released their new Christmas album, “A Pentatonix Christmas,” on October 21st of this year.  Pentatonix is an accapella group that was formed and won the show “Sing-Off” back in 2011.  Then, in 2014, they released “Little Drummer Boy,” which went viral and brought the musical group some publicity.  Within the group, there are five members, Mitch Grassi, Kristen Maldonado, Scott Hoy, Avi Kaplan, and Kevin Olusola.    

The great thing about this group is that they put their own spin on every song they do, and this album is no exception.  A prime example is “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hallelujah,” and “Up on the Housetop,” which shakes up the traditional tunes with a modern pop twist, and it works.  Within each piece they do, they arrange it to fully implicate all their skills, and no one is left with an insignificant part.

This year Pentatonix even composed some of their own original Christmas songs, such as “Good to be Bad” and “A Christmas Sing Along.”  Last year’s Christmas album also had an original piece called “That’s Christmas to Me,” which is also what the Christmas album is called.  

Don’t worry, Christmas music isn’t all they do.  For those who attempt the impossible and try to avoid holiday songs, like the plague, Pentatonix has something for you too.  Earlier last year, the musical group released an album just called, “Pentatonix.”  This album includes their first single, “Can’t Sleep Love,” which is also an original composition.  

I truly recommend giving a listen to this album and their carefully constructed arrangements, as well as their other works from the years previous.  With each new album, you can see how they have grown and have gotten better as a performing musical group.

Links of songs mentioned in order

Little Drummer Boy:

O Come,  All Ye Faithful:


Up on the Housetop:

Good to be Bad:

A Christmas Sing Along:

That’s Christmas to Me:

Can’t Sleep Love:

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