They took classic Christmas hymns like O Come, All Ye Faithful and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen remixed them until they’ve been blended with typical Pentatonix flair, adding not only funky sounds and a strong bass line, but beat-boxing to the seasonal hymns. Avi’s strong bass line in God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen in particular is truly awesome to hear.
The album doesn’t just have pre-existing folk and pop Christmas songs like Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays though, it also has two original tracks from the group; The Christmas Sing-Along and Good to be Bad. In the latter, Scott belts out that “you’ve got the voice to sing; shout it out and make it ring” for the holidays.
Hallelujah has been getting a lot of attention, as it’s being heavily promoted on YouTube and – at the time of writing – has over 30 million views. The song has a very moving feel to it, as Pentatonix pour their emotions into every line, with each member bringing their own distinctive personality into the verses and chorus.
Other significant songs on A Pentatonix Christmas include Coldest Winter, with Mitch and Kirstin paired perfectly on the vocals, and Good to be Bad, where Kevin imitates a trumpet.
Christmas may be over a month away but there’s no better way to start getting into the festive mood than with this album.
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