The Sing-Off is American Idol’s a cappella cousin, with ten vocal groups competing each week for cash prizes, a recording contract, and reality-TV glory. This compilation features studio recordings of nine songs performed during the show's second season, as well as an ensemble production of U2’s “Beautiful Day.” The first-place champions, Committed, don’t sound so victorious here, their version of “Apologize” weighed down by unnecessary jazz chords and other embellishments that detract from the OneRepublic original. Conversely, Pitch Slapped -- the first group to be booted from the competition -- are responsible for the album’s best track, a zippy version of “Good Girls Go Bad” that makes good use of 21st studio technology (vocal percussion that sounds like the real deal, background vocals slathered in effects) while still highlighting a smart, creative arrangement courtesy of group members Ian Koff and R.J. Woessner. Of course, The Sing-Off -- like American Idol -- is concerned with how its contestants sound in concert, not how well they perform in a studio...but listening to The Best of Season 2 seems to indicate that the judges might’ve gotten things wrong.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey