Album Review: PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol 1

PTX

Pentatonix, (abbreviated PTX) is an acappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee. Their new album, PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol 1, was released April 13th and they will be doing a follow up tour in the summer. It marked their first album with Sallee and without Avi Kaplan.

I know I am going to sound overly critical here, and if you like the album, I truly am sorry.  I do not want to sound like a super fan of Avi, and I am, but I do not want to disregard the other talent here. I love their voices, all of them. Including the new guy, Matt, but I am really not feeling this album.

The first two songs, Attention and Finesse, seemed to be to fast. Attention in particular I felt like the higher register / vocal ranges shined but the lower vocal hid behind a tree.

As far as the third song, it was more about the arrangement of the two songs combined here. It was not bad, I would have like more of “Are you that somebody” or even that song covered as a single itself.

Havana, Perfect, Stay, and Feel It Still were just ok. They were not bad but did not wow me like PTX usually does.

Praying, with such an emotional message, I felt like it was lost here.

I usually love PTX, but this album was a miss.

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Your WoW Soundtrack! Part 1!

Preface: As stated in a previous post, I am participating in a blog challenge! Thank you to Z & Cinder’s site! You can check them out here! I plan on doing  several zones as their own post, a series of sorts, This is the first installment! Hope you enjoy!

duskwood.JPGWhen I first started World Of Warcraft, I wanted to explore, a lot. I wanted to see it all. For the longest time, I spent listening to the games music. Also wanted to hear everything that the music had in store as well! However, there is a few places & zones across the map that brought forward a song or album to the forefront of my mind!

I am going to start with Duskwood, Eastern Kingdoms! It is located in the south-central part of Azeroth, south of Elwynn Forest, East of Westfall & west of Deadwind Pass. The Duskwood storyline takes place right after the Redridge Mountains storyline for Alliance players.  I vividly remember the music I was listening to one day while leveling an alt. When I first entered the zone, Stone Sour’s “Say You’ll Haunt Me” populated in my headphones via iTunes. For me it set a great vibe for the entire zone.

 

It was such a great way to see a different zone, dark and mysterious, via the sound of a song! It also was a great set of lore things there!

 

In This Moment

in this moment logoA few months ago my older brother was in the mist of battle in Overwatch and listening to music via Pandora on his Xbox One. After his amazing game, he walked down the steps and was so excited to let me know what he was listening to. So excited, that he was chatty like a little school girl.

In This Moment, a metal band that formed in California, 2005. The lead singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth were introduced by a mutual friend. The pair found their drummer and quickly started to get to work on their music.

Their debut album, Beautiful Tragedy, released in March 2007. Their substantially heavy sound has allowed the singles to shine, with clean vocals, landed them overall a exceptionally great set of reviews for the album.

The Dream, the second album, released September 2008 and landed at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with first week sales of more than 8,000 copies. In the album, there was less screaming for more melodies with the vocals of Brink. sound took a more ’80s inspired hard rock approach mixed with melodic metal, an accepted challenge that Brink took on with ease to have an ever changing & explosive dynamic.

The third album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, released July 9th, 2010, That was described as the most anticipated album of the year by Alternative Press. Maria Brink, in an interview described the album is about her experiences with a relationship. It was an underlying theme for this whole entire album. It talked about of this post-apocalyptic wasteland world and ‘star-crossed lovers’ and where two people are meant to fail within the relationship. After a strong tour, and their fourth album titled Blood, released August 2012 and debuted at number 15. The Blood album to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, selling around 20,000 copies in its first week of its release. Their fifth album titled Black Widow released in November 2014 and debuted at number 8, their highest position in the charts to date, with in the first-week sales of 36,000 copies, marking the band’s highest chart entry.

Ritual is the sixth studio album was  released on July 21, 2017. The album upon its release was received very well, and it held a lot of consistency within the rock world. It sold an estimated 22,000 copies, which is their third highest debut on the charts to date.