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MUSIC GUARANTEED TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY!!!
on January 14, 2014
I admit I am not, in general, a country music fan, and I’ve never been a particular fan of a cappella music either, usually finding it to be somewhat cold and clinical as the necessary focus on the technical aspects of singing tends to suck most of the warmth and emotion out of it. But from the opening notes of their spirited and engaging version of “Cruise” on the first episode of season 4 of the Sing-Off (also available as an MP3 BTW), I fell completely head over heels in love with country a cappella group Home Free. Home Free was started by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp over a decade ago, but the more recent additions of mind-blowing bass Tim Foust and honey-voiced, charismatic lead tenor Austin Brown have launched this group into the stratosphere of potential superstardom. Well-deserved winners of season 4 of the Sing-Off, this group manages to combine the accessibility and humor of one genre with the skill and perfection of the other to create something new and compulsively listenable.
Crazy Life is Home Free’s first album to be released with a major record label and it’s a doozy. Regardless of the source, every song is filled with their trademark harmonies and unique personality. They breathe new life into the eclectic selection of covers, such as “Ring of Fire” (featuring Avi Kaplan, bass for season 3 Sing-Off winners Pentatonix) and “Wake Me Up,” and the delightful handful of original songs points to a very bright future in this area (original song “I’ve Seen” is just lovely, probably my favorite of the whole album).
So whether you are a fan of country music or not, or whether you are a fan of a cappella or not, do yourself a favor and give this group and this album a try. You’ll be amazed at the full and beautiful sound these guys are able to make with absolutely no instruments other than their voices. (I have to constantly remind myself that all that percussion is actually coming from a person!) And how refreshing is it to listen to music in which, by definition, all the ubiquitous overproduced, vocal-drowning background tracks are absent, and there is no Auto-Tune to be found anywhere! I’ve heard it said that in a cappella there is nowhere to hide, and Home Free shows that if you’ve got the goods, what’s left when everything else is removed is pure talent and pure enjoyment! Very highly recommended!