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Saturday, September 02, 2006

A Different Kind of Pop

Chapter 6's second album, Swingshift, reaches out to all audiences. The christian accapella group, aware of their diverse listeners, targets not only christians, but non-believers as well. As a followup to their debut album Live, Swingshift pleases both old and new listeners.
Their eight minute version of "The Wizard of Oz" is something both the young and the young at heart can enjoy. Other classics include "What a Wonderful World" and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing".
But don't worry, they are not a cover band. The CD includes originals such as "Lost in Canada", the tale of the aftermaths of a wrong turn in Ohio, and "The 7th Wheel", the woe-is-me story of their seventh member.
There is even something for those who enjoy standard songs with a twist. "Variations on It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing" features the great jazz song sang in ways most people wouldn't think, such as hip hop, salsa, a love ballad, and even a gregorian chant.
While Chapter 6 also sticks to their Christian roots for songs like "God's Love", Swingshift is definately an album everyone can appreciate, even those who aren't usually into accapella. The classically trained musicians create a new kind of pop, one pleasing to everyone's ear.


At 9/02/2006 4:21 PM, Blogger Nat said...

Melissa you made this group sound very appealing. I don't often enjoy very much Christian music but you had a very effective way at presenting the music and showing the different ways it could be interpreted.

At 9/02/2006 4:49 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

This is very well written. I have never heard of this group, but I think I have a good feeling for what it is. It was also easy to read. Great work.

At 9/02/2006 6:43 PM, Blogger Becca said...

You really did them justice (as in my objective opinion, they deserve) and targeted your audience perfectly. Well done!

At 9/02/2006 7:19 PM, Blogger Kitt_Katt said...

Is there only one song that is Christian?

At 9/03/2006 4:41 PM, Blogger Godfather Outlaw said...

This sounds like a rockin group! Christian groups are really making a name for themselves in the music industry.

At 9/03/2006 4:51 PM, Blogger iheart-t-ravs said...

I really liked that you chose a Christian group and showed how they appeal to everyone. Some people automatically put all Christian bands into a "church-y" category. What they don't realize is that many mainstream bands today are Christian(Switchfoot and Relient K, for example). I also loved how your review was short and to the point, and very well written!

At 9/03/2006 5:38 PM, Blogger Renee said...

I really like how you didn't focus on a particular group for your audience. It seems like your review is suitable for all audiences.

At 9/03/2006 8:49 PM, Blogger Vera Lynn Waters said...

Hey Melissa, short and sweet and to the point. I'm not even in to acapella stuff but I like the songs you listed and I wouldn't mind checking them out. It was good for you to list very well-known songs. That definately made me more interested than if I had just read that it was an acapella choir. Good job

At 9/03/2006 11:25 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

I really like how short your review was. It made me want to listen to acapella even though I have never sat down and listened to an acapella CD, but now I kind of want to.


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