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Review: Pentatonix Stuns At Madison Square Garden
Music, Review, Video by Noelle
On My Way Home Tour
Forget what you think you
know about A Capella music. It’s not all “Pitch Perfect”
and college campuses. In fact, what I witnessed last week at the Theater
at Madison Square Garden absolutely blew my mind. Pentatonix goes beyond
what one would expect of an a capella group that got their start on
NBC’s “The Sing Off”. Although they won that competition,
it didn’t exactly make their dreams come true. It was, however,
their immense talent, dedication, work ethic, and amazing personalities
that turned them into global superstars. With a little help from YouTube.
During this live show, it
was my turn to stare at the stage with my mouth hanging slightly open
and my hand on my heart. In fact, when Scott Hoying belted out certain
high notes, I felt my hand rising to the sky like I was in one of those
90s Christian infomercials for a 2 disc compilation CD. He took me to
church on songs like “La La Latch” and “Let’s
Get It On“.
Don’t even get me started
on Mitch Grassi. I’ve decided that I just refuse to believe he’s
real. He has a voice that is so effortless; I just can’t even
believe it sometimes. The notes he is able to hit — and I’m
not just talking about those flawless high notes he’s famous for
— are unreal. For me, Mitch shone the most on songs like “Aha”
and I found myself smiling like a big ol’ goofball every time
the screams for him were the loudest. His new confidence is contagious
and it really made you feel like a part of something special.
There was something for everyone at this show. A Greatest Hits selection if you will. It had everything from the first song they ever arranged together (“Telephone“) to a tour exclusive (“FourFiveSeconds“), and any fan of Pentatonix would have been delighted. The biggest screams of the night came when PTX busted out their fan-favorite mash-ups that included the now infamous “Evolution of Music” and “Daft Punk Medley“.
This crowd only screamed
when it warranted it – any other time, there was a hush amongst
the crowd, just waiting to hear what would come next. Like when Scott
Hoying proved his vocal runs could last forever and Avi Kaplan dared
to gyrate his hips on stage. An EMT ran through the crowd sometime later.
The night ended with some audience participation with their hit original song “On My Way Home“. Taken off their latest release, “PTX Volume 3?, it is, in my opinion, their best original song to date. They continued to prove their talent with an off-mic performance of “That’s Christmas To Me“.
It was hard to find a negative
thing to say about the show. If pressed, I would say I had only wished
it would have been a little longer. I really enjoyed the parts of the
show where the group played off of one another. There was a moment where
they detailed their beginnings and even showed a clip of Avi crying
at The Sing Off finale. The fun banter was very enjoyable and it would
have been great if there was more of that.