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Peter Hollens

October 27, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 24, 2014
  • Release Date: October 27, 2014
  • Label: Portrait/Sony Masterworks
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  • Total Length: 50:16
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  • ASIN: B00NOYYH7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,129 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Peter Hollens is a living contradiction, a successful independent musician. Once upon a time "independent musicians" and "successful musicians" were exclusive categories. To be independent meant years of poorly paid gigs in low-rent venues, desperately hoping to be stumbled upon by someone waving that magical contract with the big music label which promised success. However, to become artistically independent after that entailed rising through the music aristocracy to something approaching the living legend status of the Beatles or the Beach Boys. Well, the music scene is undergoing a sea change. A new generation of musical artists has created a parallel meritocracy by presenting their work directly to their audiences through YouTube, soliciting support through Patreon and Pledgemusic, selling their wares on Loudr and iTunes, then picking and choosing which label they will work with. Peter Hollens is such a meritocrat, and this is his first physical album, one well worth a listen.

Some may be put off by the term "a cappella" (boring, artsy, medieval chant type stuff) but if so, this will be a pleasant surprise. The songs on Peter's album appeal to a wide range of tastes, from covers of contemporary songs like "I Won't Give Up" and "I Still haven't Found What I'm Looking For;" through video game and film related pieces such as the "Skyrim" theme, a Les Miserables medley, and "I See Fire" from the Hobbit; to folk songs such as "Shenandoah" and "She Moved Through the Fair." A special treat is his original "Ashland's Song," about the birth of his son. As a father myself, I've never heard anything else that expresses the tender terror of holding that messy little manifestation of love for the first time, nearly as well.

Collaborators include Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys (!
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I have been following Peter Hollens for about a year now since I was blown out of my seat watching the video of him singing all the parts to Misty Mountains. He is an incredible talent. His vocal range is awe inspiring and beautiful. The track Hallelujah is so very beautiful. Thanks, Peter, for this CD
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I started following Peter Hollens a bit more than a year ago. My youngest son shared some of Hollens' work with me and I was intrigued. Vocal music isn't always my thing, but I appreciate solid talent and hard work, no matter the genre or style. I support independent artists as much as possible. The corporate music machine might be necessary, certainly was necessary in the past, but now that artists can push their material directly to the consumer there is so much fascinating material available.

But, I digress. Hollens has a great voice, clearly well-trained, and his arrangements are intricate, deep, and emotional. I find some of the chord changes surprising and delightful, not at all what my ear expected. This is part of what fascinates me about Hollens -- not only does he have the vocal talent to pull off all the parts, but he has a keen ear for arrangement.

Support independent artists. Support a capella music. Treat yourself to some work beyond the mainstream and give this recording a careful listen (or three). I think you'll enjoy what you hear. It stands up to critical listening.
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He is the definition of a capella, and this, his premiere album showcases his talent in spades. Of the 13 tracks, there are a variety of genres including video game scores, rock and folk. All of these are translated into Peter Hollens's own unique style. My wife and I love all the tracks, but i decided to try to pick my top three.

3) Les Miserables Medley.

The music from Les Miserables is fantastic by itself, but this medley being a duet between husband and wife is pure delight. Either Peter or Evynne would be a great addition to any production of the musical. I'm holding out hope that they will release an album of just their collaboration.

2) Skyrim (Main Theme).

This track is how I first was first introduced to Peter's music. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is easily my favorite game of the decade, and I searched the internet to find all the info and extras I could. The YouTube video of this track was the first thing that popped up and I was instantly hooked. Peter's vocals with Lindsey Stirling's violin are a great blend, and a fine honoring of Jeremy Soule's epic score.

1) The Parting Glass

I have never played any of the Assassin's Creed games, so when Peter posted this one on YouTube, I had no idea what to expect. I fell in love with this song after one listen, and I'm not sure why. The lyrics are hauntingly beautiful despite their inherent sadness. And, true to form, Peter proves how amazing music can be when only made by a human voice.

So, there are my three, and as I stated earlier, I love the whole album. Get this album as soon as you can... you won't be disappointed.
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Wow - what range! I love a cappella & this debut meets all the criteria for a great CD. Also try PTX, The Bobs, Da Vinci's Notebook, The Nylons & Full Frontal Folk. A cappella is a great change from the day to day tunes you hear - it's also great to sing along with in the car.
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