IT’S ALL ABOUT INFUSION AND MERGING

ALBUM TITLE                        :        PENTATONIX (DE LUXE VERSION)

ARTIST                                   :        PENTATONIX

GENRE                                    :        EDM

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

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It is very rare for EDM artist or performer to arrest attention from discriminating listeners.  Many listeners will think that this album is your usual EDM music that they hear in dance clubs.  You will be surprised that the whole album infuses and merges different musical genre. As a result, you have a very engaging record.  Here is a track by track review of this album.

  • Na Na Na – somehow feels like listening to a world music.
  • Can’t Sleep Love – is quite jazzy and has lots of rhythm.
  • Sing – feels like listening to a James Brown ditty.
  • Misbehavin – is a seduction song with Motown vibe.
  • Ref – this is the R and B aspect of the record. It sounds similar to R and B ballads during the nineties.
  • First Thing First – this is the kind of song that you have heard when Pussycat Dolls was still popular. It has a “Don’t Cha” vibe.
  • Rose Gold – a song that would make Jason Derulo regret that he did not perform the lead vocals in here.
  • If I Ever Fall In Love – will surprise music lovers that Jason Derulo can blend his voice with other singers. He proved in this track that he doesn’t need an auto tune to sound good.
  • Cracked – by the time you reached this song, you will have this notion that the whole album might be a salute to R and B boy groups like Boyz II Men, Shai, and the like.
  • Water – this track relies on the formula which made Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and even Taylor Swift; bubblegum lyrics, generic grooves and hooks, and EDM sounds. This is the kind of track that does not need to be pushed to radio as DJ’s would definitely play this one without reservations.
  • Take Me Home – reminds you of Color Me Badd group.
  • New Year’s Day – becomes very boring when you consider that prior to this song, the record has many songs that sounds like this.
  • Light in The Hallway – at this point, listeners will be confused as to the direction that this album would like to take. Early tracks were infused with R and B, EDM, Motown vibe, boy band feel, and this one is like listening to tracks from a Michael Buble or Josh Groban record.
  • Where Are You Now – is very Justin Beiber in terms of feel and vibe.
  • Cheerleader – Pentatronix’s version did not depart from Omni’s version but it doesn’t mean that it is not engaging. In fact, their version in some parts is more exceptional than Omni’s, especially in terms of vocal performance.
  • Lean On – if an album has a summary of what it is all about, this song sums up everything what it offers.

As a whole, the record is engaging except for few songs where it sounds similar to some of the tracks in the record.  With that, I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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