Highlights: Pentatonix, ‘PTX Vol. IV – Classics’


★★★★

Pentatonix, PTX Vol. IV – Classics © RCAPentatonix strike gold once more on PTX Vol. IV – Classics. The seven-song EP covers classics including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Imagine,” and “Jolene.”

Pentatonix can do no wrong.  Okay, they can, but it’s highly unlikely, and we’ve yet to see them fall short. The a cappella quintet, comprised of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kristin Maldonado, and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, collectively showcase the utmost level of musicianship.  On their latest project, EP PTX Vol. IV – Classics, Pentatonix continues to show why it’s a formidable musical group.  They hit it big with covers of Queen, John Lennon, and Dolly Parton classics.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Beloved Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” ambitiously opens PTX Vol. IV – Classics.  “Bohemian Rhapsody” is both a likely and unlikely cover for Pentatonix.  It’s unlikely because of the dramatic, robust production of the original.  Can an a cappella group pull off one of the more difficult rock classics? What makes “Bohemian Rhapsody” a likely choice because of the creative possibilities for both singing voices and the vocal accompaniment, not to mention the incredible musicianship of Pentatonix.

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” 

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” separates itself from the rest of PTX Vol. IV – Classics.  The  jazzy Andrews Sisters gem is infectious from the jump. Pentatonix arguably showcases the most personality of the project.  The percussive component – the one-two punch of Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola – plays a gargantuan role in the success of the record.

“Jolene”

Elvis classic Can’t Help Falling in Love slows the pace, giving PTX another opportunity to flaunt their vocal chemistry and collective gorgeous tone. Arguably, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is the best ballad on the EP.  “Jolene” concludes PTX Vol. IV – Classics superbly.  The classic gets a very special guest appearance – Dolly Parton.  Parton not only made “Jolene” a classic, but she also wrote the song.  Naturally, Pentatonix allows Parton to handle the lead (more often than not), serving as her backup singers and accompaniment.  The result is a well-deserved Grammy-winning gem.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, Pentatonix delivers once more on PTX Vol. IV – Classics.  Over the course of seven songs, the vocal collective never misses the mark.  The only rub about PTX Vol. IV – Classics is how brief the project is.

Gems: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” & “Jolene”

Pentatonix • PTX Vol. IV – Classics • RCA • Release: 4.7.17
Photo Credit: RCA
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