Has there ever been a better time to enjoy a cappella? I just grabbed Pentatonix’s latest Christmas album That’s Christmas to Me. It has already joined Straight No Chaser’s Christmas Cheer as a seasonal favorite. The Voices Only compilations keep me going between seasons, but here are some wintry songs.
Pentatonix – White Winter Hymnal
This is a lovely song – I hadn’t realized it was a Fleet Foxes cover – and a nice change from the traditional songs. To be honest, if I want traditional Christmas carols, I turn to John Roberts and Tony Barrand.
Straight No Chaser – Christmas Can Can
There’s nothing traditional about this one either. The Can Can was the first song I ever heard by Straight No Chaser and remains a favorite, particularly of our kids. Like many college vocal groups, there is a bit of ham to go with the music and it makes the song quite fun.
The Bobs – Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag
I first heard The Bob’s in the 80s and have always enjoyed their funny original 4-part songs. This is a Christmas selection that incorporates their antics as well as their singing.
Manhattan Transfer – Jingle Bells
They’re one of the first a cappella groups I ever heard, and hooked me with their ability to sound like the jazz instruments they emulated. Manhattan transfer remains one of the great singing groups.