Pentatonix brings back classics with new twists in their new album

Pentatonix’s “Holidays Around the World” brings new sound to the a cappella group.


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Pentatonix’s first debut single was a cover of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore in 2013.

By Megan Curry

One of the most famous a cappella groups, Pentatonix, has made breakthroughs for over a decade, and their newest album is no exception. Their sixth Christmas album, “Holidays Around the World”, not only brings back classic songs from the past but also introduces new holiday songs that are sure to go on this year’s playlist.

The group, consisting of Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee, has taken the music industry by storm by making music with little to no musical accompaniment. After their debut on “The Sing-Off”, a singing competition show for a cappella groups, they have been releasing regular albums and touring worldwide for almost a decade.

“Holidays Around the World” features classic songs such as, “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “Feliz Navidad” but adds a twist that sparks new interest. The album consists of songs featuring artists from all over the world, ranging from 10 countries and five continents. The artists’ goal this year is to help bring the world together after these past couple of years of tragedy and trauma.

Some of these international artists include Chinese pianist Lang Lang, Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal, American singer Meghan Trainor, and many more. Although Pentatonix tends to stick more towards a cappella, they still work with instrumentalists such as Lang and popular violinist Lindsey Stirling on some of their music.

These artists are able to provide a new perspective and sound to classic songs. This gives the album a new feel, especially since fans were skeptical of some repeat songs on previous albums. Having new artists give their own interpretation and skills allows the album to still feel new and engaging to older and newer fans alike.

Not only does “Holidays Around the World” feature classic holiday music, but also features three new songs: “Kid on Christmas,” “Star on Top,” and “Prayers for the World.” The latter is a personal message from the group to the world about sending peace, love, and light not only from them, but from the international artists as well.

Along with their new album, Pentatonix has also released more information about their upcoming tour through North America and Europe. The tour starts off in Oakland, California on Nov. 17 and ends in Uncasville, Connecticut on Dec. 22. Their European tour starts in the United Kingdom in early May.

“Holidays Around the World” is a must for all holiday lovers who love classic songs and want new versions of their favorites. The perfect blend of the group members’ voices, combined with their perfect choice of artists to collaborate with makes this a great album to listen to during this holiday season.