Released one week before the show’s premiere, this Christmas album features all ten of the vocal groups that competed in The Sing-Off’s second season. The groups are varied -- some are high-school ensembles (Men of Note), some are senior citizens (Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town), some are hyper-talented newcomers (Pitch Slapped), and others are mainstays of the college circuit (the Whiffenpoofs) -- but the results are often impressive, assuming you’re an a cappella fan who hasn’t grown tired of holiday music. If there’s one thing that truly distinguishes these contenders from one another (apart from the 50-some years that separate Jerry Lawson from the Men of Note teens), it’s their allegiance to one of the two schools of a cappella: the traditional approach, which focuses squarely on the voice, and a more contemporary style favored by groups like Street Corner Symphony, who rely on modern recording software to turn their voices into guitars, synthesizers, and authentic-sounding drums. On this album, more highlights come from the old-school approach.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey