Ball in the House

CD5

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Using their voices as weapons in a musical arsenal that ranges from screaming guitar sounds to throaty basslines and contemporary old-school beat box percussion, Ball in the House has established a firm beachhead on the front lines of the competitive a cappella battlefield. Though their previous EP lacks some of the energetic immediacy of their live performances which have wowed audiences in venues such as New York's legendary Apollo Theatre, the 2001 New England Harmony Sweepstakes, and the House of Blues, the handful of songs on CD5 are fresh and free. Combining more traditional modern love stories with more novel topics that take listeners from the remorseful cries of "Home" to the malevolent whirls of "Fantasyland," the band twists a tribute to Marvin Gaye with their own soulful "Get It On" and envisions The Superman with "Gravity Buster" before finishing with the poppy musical question "Should I." (And if the end of this song's question is "listen to Ball in the House," the answer is yes.