Pentatonix released an impressive volume three

Hugo Oskarsson , Entertainment Reporter

When I turn on the radio, I usually like what I hear. But music is becoming increasingly cluttered,  with every new song utilizing more and different sounds than the last. That’s when Pentatonix comes to the rescue with their new album, PTX, vol. 3. This album offers a pure listening experience with nothing but the group’s voices blasting into my ears.

Pentatonix, the a cappella quintet from Arlington, Texas, had their big break-through in 2011, when they won ‘The Sing-Off,’ a televised a cappella music competition. Since, they have continued staying relevant with their acclaimed albums PTX, vol. 1, PTX, vol. 2, and now, the just-as-boringly named PTX, vol. 3. But don’t judge a book by it’s cover, or an album by it’s title. This album is anything but boring.

The album starts right off with perhaps my favorite cover, ‘Problem,’ originally by Ariana Grande. Mitch singing Iggy Azalea’s rap is a pleasant surprise, and how Kevin manages to beatbox and rap at the same time is beyond my understanding.

‘La la latch,’ is an impressive mashup-cover between Naughty Boy’s ‘La la la’ and Disclosure’s ‘Latch,’ while ‘Rather be,’ originally by Clean Bandit, has numerous fun beats making me forget about the time I’m spending on the road, and features an amazing solo by Kirstie, doing the original song complete justice. But the most impressive cover in the album has to be “Papaoutai,” originally by Stromae. The song is entirely in French, but Scott still manages to pull of every single word after some extensive pronunciation tutoring. If that doesn’t prove how dedicated Pentatonix is to their music, I don’t know what does.

In addition to the covers, PTX, vol.3 includes a collection of original songs by the a cappella group. ‘See through’ is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album, making me jump in my car seat to the catchy beat and making me feel positive about life. Mitch does a great job here, pulling off every high note in the song even though they are higher than most guys would be able to sing, while Avi impresses with his bass tones throughout the entire song.

Choosing a favorite song from this album is impossible, they’re all so good. But if I have to choose, it would probably be a tie between the original songs ‘Standing By’ and ‘On My Way Home.’ They both give me a feeling of hope and calmness as I watch out the rainy car window. ‘On My Way Home’ is extremely catchy with an amazing beat from Kevin, and Scott pulling of high notes outside of his comfort zone. The chorus has a very worldly, almost African, feel to it, making the song unique from most popular American songs. ‘Standing by’ is for Pentatonix the most important song on the album, paying tribute to their loved ones, which you can definitely notice as the feeling of the song is so genuine and moving it leaves me breathless at the last chorus, marking an end to the album.

Yes. That’s where the album ends. Only seven songs and an overall time of less than 30 minutes, which felt more like 10,  leave me with craving  more. Fortunately, I enjoyed the album so much I could simply put it on repeat, solving my problem. While I do have my favorites, there was never a moment when I felt like skipping a track because there is no song on this album that I do not absolutely love. While some albums make you feel like you’re listening to the same song for an hour, this album is definitely not one of them. They have succeeded at compiling a diverse mix of covers, and their original songs all sound like nothing I’ve ever heard before, drawing me in every time.

The mere five members of Pentatonix do an amazing job at creating a complete sound without a single instrument, making their music sound clean and pure. All members of the group have their own vocal range and talent, and the way their voices cooperate and braid with each other creates total ear candy that makes your whole body happy. Pentatonix has given a cappella the comeback it needs and deserves, and I think it’s here to stay.