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Aca.........ppella?

Posted at 1:30 AM on November 21, 2013 by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (4 Comments)
Filed under: Choral Music

Before we begin, you must watch this video of the Florida State University AcaBelles...


Let me start by giving a shout out to my alma mater (FSU) and the AcaBelles for being recognized by the Huffington Post. Also, let me profess my love for modern a cappella groups like Take 6 and the Pentatonix. The creativity found in some of today's a cappella arrangements can be mind-blowing. These groups work tirelessly to perfect their performances and often come pretty close (Don't start with the autotune argument...that's for another day). Unfortunately, the haters keep hating. I have had many conversations with friends and colleagues that got pretty heated because of their sincere disdain for modern a cappella music/groups. Am I in the minority? What's the issue? Help me understand why so many purists can't appreciate this style/genre. Chime in and let me know your thoughts! I am looking forward to a healthy, friendly debate on this topic.

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Pentatonix


Comments (4)

Personally, I loved that Gotye sendup from Pentatonix...my favorite earworm. ;-)

Posted by Jodi | November 22, 2013 9:17 AM


Jodi, thanks for the comment!

Posted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu | November 25, 2013 1:18 PM


I find most a capella covers to be snappy, creative, and well-executed -- but rarely moving. I marvel more at the cleverness of the arrangement itself, and that prevents me from getting swept away in the music. (Perhaps that's true of cover songs in general... I can't help but be hyper-aware of how close they've stayed or how far they've veered from the original). Or maybe it's the tendency of one vocalist to dominate against a backdrop of singers who all seem hungry for that microphone. Sometimes it's distracting.

That said, I enjoyed your selections! :)

Posted by Kinzy | November 26, 2013 10:43 PM


Love, love, love modern acapella groups when they take the time to really do the craft justice! The AcaBelles were incredible!

Posted by Kristen | December 4, 2013 1:27 PM