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.
Other a cappella videos
Take 6 LIVE
Personally, I loved that Gotye sendup from Pentatonix...my favorite earworm. ;-)
Jodi, thanks for the comment!
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! :)
Love, love, love modern acapella groups when they take the time to really do the craft justice! The AcaBelles were incredible!