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Pentatonix show their holiday spirit with ‘That’s Christmas to Me’
Just a few weeks after releasing their latest EP, “PTX, Vol. 3,” acclaimed a cappella quintet Pentatonix are back at it with “That’s Christmas to Me,” their first full-length. It’s the second holiday offering from Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, who delivered the enjoyable “PTXmas” EP in 2012.
The 11-track release follows the Pentatonix blueprint to the letter. There are plenty of first-rate covers and with the occasional original tune sprinkled in for good measure.
In addition to putting their spin on holiday favorites like “Hark! The Herald Angles Sing,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Santa Claus” and “Sleigh Ride,” Pentatonix also offer up stellar readings of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” and “Frozen” staple “Let It Go.”
The title track is one of the better PTX original tunes and “Glee” fans should dig the mash up of “Winter Wonderland” and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” featuring Tori Kelly. Ho-ho-ho! (Jeffrey Sisk)