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Pentatonix, ‘PTX: Vol. III’—EP Review

osted by Jason Scott on 09/23/2014 at 1:25 PM News

The Popdust Files: music, pentatonix

“People are looking for a more organic, pure sound now that you don’t get to hear so much on the radio. It’s overpopulated with overproduced tracks,” Pentatonix band mate and beat-boxer Kevin Olusola shared recently of the resurgence of a capella music. Delivering succinctly-constructed vocal-pop hooks are the group’s forte—bolstered by their tightly-packed, punching harmonies, draped over a wholesome rhythmic section (courtesy of Avi Kaplan and Olusola, too). It’s no real wonder how The Sing-Off season three champions have carved out their own market niche—they are unapologetically bold, dynamically captivating and unlike anything else on the pop landscape.


With their PTX: Vol. III, Pentatonix have transformed into something completely cataclysmic and are poised for superstardom. While, sure, they are already household names (in every sense of the term), what the new disc supplies (their own original “On My Way Home” the highest, most sparkling skyscraper moment) is a new-found sense of poise and confidence. Also on such covers as Stromae‘s “Papaoutai” (an undertaking which required French tutors to get it just right) and “La La Latch” (a Sam Smith-hybrid of Disclosure‘s “Latch” and Naughty Boy‘s “La La La”), they’ve notched up their expertly-laid arrangements and allowed themselves to open up in a truly inviting way.



Of course, adding a dash of Ariana Grande (their “Problem” rendition is another standout moment) and Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be” gives the project even more accessibility, without coming across as unnecessary or forced. Despite being a lean seven tracks (with no sign of a full-length LP in the near future), Pentatonix demonstrate their vast collection of influences, styles and breadth of their perspective. If a hit single isn’t achieved here, that might be the biggest travesty of 2014. Their previous two non-holiday EPs were simply setting the stage for what is clearly their best release to-date.

Grade: 4/5


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10:35 AM - 23 Sep 2014