If you spend any time on social media at all, you probably noticed a big buzz a few weeks ago over a newly released video of the Pentatonix version of “Mary Did You Know.” It’s pretty fantastic, and the rest of their brand new Christmas album, That’s Christmas To Me, holds up to that song.
If you’re not familiar with the story of Pentatonix, they are a five-member a capella group that won The Sing-Off in 2011 and have been making incredible music ever since. They mostly do covers of pop songs as well as medleys, the bread and butter of most a cappella groups.
Naturally, on a Christmas album, most of the songs are bound to be covers anyway, but they include some fun twists on classic songs. The lead-off track, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” starts out in the style of a traditional 4-part hymn, then breaks into a gospel backbeat, supported by the group’s unbelievable beat boxer. “Winter Wonderland” is combined into a medley with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” which is surprising but definitely makes you laugh when it shows up. They even do a vocal arrangement of the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas ballet The Nutcracker.
The album’s title track, “That’s Christmas To Me,” paints a picture of a holiday spent with family, enjoying their company and special traditions. Even as adults, we can sometimes still feel like kids at Christmastime, and I think this song expresses that perfectly.
Finally, the album ends with a bonus track of none other than “Let it Go” from Disney’s massive hit Frozen. Fitting for a Christmas album, no?
- Day 6: Amy Grant – Home For Christmas
- Day 5: Renée Fleming – Christmas in New York
- Day 4: Neil Diamond – The Christmas Album
- Day 3: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Day 2: Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas
- Day 1: Bing Crosby – Christmas Classics