"PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I" is the sixth studio album by American a cappella group Pentatonix, released on April 13, 2018 on the RCA label. It is their first album with bass vocalist Matt Sallee, and without original bass vocalist Avi Kaplan. It is also their first full-length album not to feature any original material.
On their sixth studio offering, PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I, Pentatonix – Tenor Mitch Grassi, Baritone Scott Hoying, Mezzo-Soprano Kirstin Maldonado, Vocal Percussionist/Cellist Kevin Olusola, and Vocal Bassist Matt Sallee – offer up an eleven-track collection of covers. With the album, the group place their talented spin on some of the most popular tracks streaming today, including hits from the likes of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato and Kesha, to name but a sampling.
It is oft hard to believe that the accompaniments here are minimal, that Pentatonix can execute all of these massive, multi-layered sounds with just their voices. Considering we live in a time where many of Pop’s greats could not carry a tune with a bucket (thank you, auto-tune), it seems almost cruel that one group alone could possess so much vocal might. That is how the cookie crumbles! Pentatonix do it all with a class and sophistication that puts them leagues above the rest, while proving that even the most played-out hit single can still have a deliciously catchy second-life.
Reviewed by Jeannie Blue for crypticrock.com.