Vol. III is their first release since signing a deal with RCA records, so the production value is much higher than previous releases. You can tell their sound has been influenced greatly by their world tour last year with new beats and even a cover of a dance-y foreign language track, Papatoui, by Belgian artist Stromae, beautifully performed, in French, by Scott Hoying. The song also features their second collaboration with violinist, Lindsey Sterling.
They have the standard amazing PTX cover arraignments of recent pop songs such as Problem by Arianna Grande (Ft. Iggy Azalea), and by Clean Bandit (ft. Jess Glenn) which is absolutely crushed by lead vocalist Kirstie Maldonado. Rather Be
But the real stars of the EP are the original tracks. On My Way Home has a wicked smooth groove backed by an unexpected African-style chorus back beat- an excellent driving track. See Through is a club-style dance track featuring the soaring falsetto of Mitch Grassi, and held down by the flawless beatboxing and bass of Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan.
The crowning jewel of the album is the final track, Standing By. Written by Pentatonix while on tour, this slow then surprisingly uplifting song is performed beautifully by the group's bass, Avi Kaplan, on lead. It gave me goosebumps. I wish they would play music like this on the radio - it is better than most of the crap out there.
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