Pentatonix continues to impress with new Christmas album


Welcome to December– when jolly tunes are played endlessly everywhere you go. Between the radio, the grocery store, restaurants, and coffee shops, one cannot seem to escape the never ending voices of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bubl . I am a die-hard Christmas music listener, but even I become bored with hearing the same voices from the same tired tunes all day long. This year, I might just avoid the mid-December music slump by switching over from my typical playlist to Pentatonix’s new Christmas album, A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe.

If anyone is even a little bit familiar with the a capella group Pentatonix, you would know that they keep their music generally upbeat and separate from the normal music standards. They take popular songs and spin them so they are all a cappella and give them a new style that causes you to hit that repeat button.

From the very first note sung, it is full of energy and gives this song a new life.”

Pentatonix kicked off their new album with the song “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” One word– magical. Their rendition of this song is not even in the same realm as the typical, dull Christmas tune. From the very first note sung, it is full of energy and gives this song new life. And fortunately, this trait is not unique to just this song on the album. The rest of the music featured, except for a few, follow suit and display the same level of creativity. Examples of traditional songs turned modern include “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and “White Christmas.”

Turning the tables, “Hallelujah” is toned down and as hauntingly beautiful as ever. It is impossible to miss the harmonies and clean movements made while they sing. Following the quieter and more relaxing trend of “Hallelujah” is “Away in a Manger” and “Coventry Carol.” Although these songs aren’t ones that you would get up and dance to, they are by no means boring. They are enthralling in their own way and show the true talent of Pentatonix.

Pentatonix also released a Christmas album last year featuring different tunes, which I’m obsessed with, and I was not in any way disappointed with this year’s album. Each time I listen to either of these albums, I fall in love with each song in a new way. The music comes to life and seems to dance around the room with me. This album is perfect for driving to school, doing homework, and even playing at a family Christmas dinner.

I will continue to listen to Pentatonix’s Christmas album every day throughout the Christmas season, and honestly, probably after Christmas too. I’m picky about everything Christmas. I’m usually traditional when it comes to music and decorations. However, this album doesn’t fit in with my normal Christmas standards… yet, I’m still loving it.