Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Music Review: Vocal Point: He is Born (2015)

Vocal Point hits another home run with their acapella music.  Their style includes mouth percussion, which is very important for some of their songs.  "The start with an upbeat version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" which is really a very catchy song, especially the bass and mouth accompaniment.  "He is born" features Ryan Innes.  This is the hallelujah song.  "Silent Night" and "Sleigh Ride" are well done.  Elisha Garret is featured in "Sleigh Ride."  However "Christmas Eve" does not strike a cord with me.  This is just mouth instrumental without words.  I don't really care for it.  "O Come, O Come" gets back to the soloist fashion that makes this group nice.  A special treat is "One Single Bell" in which the One Voice Choir is featured.  The turn to barbershop for "Nuttin' for Christmas.'  You can hear the quality, but barbershop is not a style I really enjoy.  Their style highlights the lyrics, which are really very humorous.  "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" features a bass like solo, sounding like the instrumental bass.  However it takes away form the melody at times.  They combine with BYU Noteworthy and BYU Vocal Point for their final number "O Come All Ye Faithful."

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