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CD Reviews: Our 12 Favs of Christmas
By Sean Hickey, For 21st-Century
That’s Christmas to Me
A capella vocal group Pentatonix has released their highly anticipated holiday album That’s Christmas To Me and it is ‘Pitch-Perfect’-Perfection.
The disc opens with their smooth version of the up-tempo “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” which will inspire their listeners to sing along. It’s followed by the soothing “White Winter Hymnal” and then they’ll take you on a “Sleigh Ride,” which features their impressive harmonies. Their version of “Winter Wonderland” is laid-back and mellow as they incorporate it with a neat melody of “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” The title track is outstanding while their take on “Mary, Did You Know?” is haunting to the core. They change the pace with the fun and upbeat “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and their mash-up of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with beat-boxing may become a seasonal classic. Their version of the holiday standard, “Silent Night” is angelic, and their spin on Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” is an added treat.
Pentatonix delivers a holiday album filled with beloved classics that fans of a-Capella as well as casual listeners alike can appreciate. The group’s attention to detail is clear, as the vocal arrangements are clever, harmonious and flow well and ensure that there is never a dull moment.