Six Pack (EP)
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26 of 28 found the following review helpful:
They're back! Sep 02, 2009
While waiting impatiently for their next holiday album, I was delighted to see that Straight No Chaser had released an EP. I listened to the samples, then downloaded the entire group of songs. They've been playing on rotation all evening, and I still can't get enough of a couple of them.
The good: The harmonies are tight, music is lovely, and the songs "I'm Yours/Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered" are absolutely delightful. I've never heard a version of "Rainbow" that I've liked--even Judy Garland sounded sappy, IMHO--but this was a pleasant surprise. "You Send Me" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" are charming, and a joy to listen to, although they don't sparkle quite as much as the other two songs I mentioned. They're still excellent, and I'd love to see them performed live, I was just hoping for something that had more snap.
The bad: "Rehab" was surprisingly flat, for Straight No Chaser. It's very well done, but I expected it to be more exuberant. "Man Who Can't Be Moved" is truly beautiful, it's just bloody sad, and after a few listens, I clicked it off on the iPod lineup. For those not looking for peppy happy music, you'll love it.
Conclusion: The entire EP is well worth purchasing, this is the Straight No Chaser that we all fell in love with, and it's enough of their gorgeous sound in a non-holiday format to keep fans happy until their next album, Christmas Cheers, comes out. Some of the songs are mellower than the fan favorite "Twelve Days of Christmas", but they're all very good. Buy it, you won't regret it!
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
exquisite vocal magic--BRAVO, STRAIGHT NO CHASER !!! Nov 14, 2009
By Matthew G. Sherwin
Straight No Chaser has enjoyed considerable success; and it's albums like this one that show why they're well respected. The CD is short but these numbers shine brighter than silver and gold combined; these men sing remarkably well. The quality of the sound is excellent and that artwork is great.
The album opens with a stunning treatment of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab." "Rehab" gets the royal treatment from these fine artists and I think Amy would approve of their version of her song! Straight No Chaser uses their excellent technique of balancing members who are harmonizing with others singing the principal lyrics to the song; and thus it all holds its own very well. "I'm Yours" sounds quite good when Straight No Chaser tackles it; their version of Jason Mraz's tune sounds just fine and when they go into "Over the Rainbow" the medley becomes truly very memorable.
"The Man Who Can't Be Moved" gets a fine arrangement and the members of Straight No Chaser never let go of a single superfluous note. I'm impressed. There's also a very good medley of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and "I Was Made to Love Her;" they make "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" flow very smoothly into "I Was Made to Love Her" and this track is one of my favorites on this album. That's a fine mini-salute to Stevie Wonder there!
"You Send Me" is easy on the ear and that doo wop flavor really enhances this ballad. The CD closes with Straight No Chaser performing a Frankie Valli song, "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You." This romantic, classic love song shines like silver and gold in their capable hands.
Straight No Chaser turned out an excellent set of songs for this Amazon exclusive CD; I would highly recommend this for their fans. In addition, people who enjoy high quality control music will not be disappointed.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Great Songs - better price on Itunes Nov 25, 2009
The songs are fabulous - how could they NOT be? However, these six songs can be downloaded for only $1 more on the Christmas Cheers Deluxe volume on Itunes. It has 21 tracks - the 15 that are on the Amazon download, and these six - plus a "digital book" for $13.99. However you choose to download them, the songs will be pure bliss!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Straight No Chaser Oct 17, 2010
You will not be disappointed if you purchase this cd. Their music is incredible. I have now purchased all of their cd's and love them all.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Straight No Chaser Jul 31, 2010
By Lucy A. Kawate
I watched a concert of Straight No Chaser on PBS and fell in love w/the musical genius of this a cappella group. I got online and ordered all their CD's and am very glad I did. I've been enjoying them since. Can't wait for Christmas to play their Christmas CD.
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