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Pentatonix strikes right notes with new holiday album

They started out as three high school students from just outside of Arlington, Texas. They added two members to their trio, renamed themselves Pentatonix, and arranged a few songs to audition for NBC’s "The Sing Off."

Today, they’re on a world tour, with a No. 1 Billboard original album, two highly distinguished Christmas records, and many outstanding singles. They’ve collaborated with some of the greatest – Jason Derulo, Dolly Parton and Tori Kelly to name a few. And on top of this, they’ve taken the a capella music industry by storm.

The Grammy-winning a capella group Pentatonix has gone where no a capella group has ever gone before. Most known for their original hit "Can’t Sleep Love," Pentatonix is the first group of its kind to bring a capella music back into the mainstream. Through many EPs, singles and even their own original album, the group has shown high-quality expertise and much creativity in a fierce and competitive music industry.

Last Friday, Pentatonix released its third Christmas record, "A Pentatonix Christmas." The group announced the album via a YouTube livestream in July and teased the album via social media up until just weeks ago, when the track list and album art were revealed.

The album is 11 tracks long, featuring two original songs and many twists on old favorites, like "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and a jazzy twist on "White Christmas" featuring The Manhattan Transfer. The album also features a poignant take on "Hallelujah," with the group releasing a music video of their arrangement.

The album’s two original holiday tunes, "The Christmas Sing-Along" and "Good to Be Bad," exceed expectations, and are two of my personal favorites from the album.

The album ends with a joyous cover of "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays."

Pentatonix’s last Christmas album, "That’s Christmas to Me," was released in 2014, and was certified as double platinum. It was released as an 11-song album, but five bonus tracks were added to it last year, including covers of "Joy to the World" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

However, as a longtime fan of Pentatonix, I feel as if the new album is their best Christmas album yet, and is a necessity for all who enjoy holiday music or want to get into the Christmas mood – two months before Christmas.

The answer to when the next Pentatonix album will come out is and for a long time will be a mystery, but this bright and festive album is the perfect way to get into the holiday mood with some slight twists on famous classics.

Alex Renzoni is a freshman at Clarence High School.


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