Pentatonix “Holidays Around the World” Album Review


From left to right: Matt Sallee, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix

Njeri Kamenwa

On October 28, 2022, the 3-time Grammy-award winning a capella group Pentatonix released their seventh Christmas album, Holidays Around the World. The album celebrates just that: different cultures across the globe all coming together for the holiday season. The group collaborated with ten global sensations, like American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, Chinese pianist Lang Lang, and Filipina singer Lea Salonga. By collaborating with these artists and more, Pentatonix gives listeners of all ethnicities a refreshing twist to their favorite Christmas carols.

Giving your listeners a cultural twist on holiday classics shows the band’s ability to experiment with different styles of music. In the second track, “Jingle Bells (feat. Lang Lang),” Pentatonix mixes classical music with pop, giving fans of both genres the best of both worlds. The ninth track, “Feliz Navidad (feat. La Santa Cecilia),” is already a bilingual Christmas carol. However,  Pentatonix’s take on the song makes it more acoustic than the original version by José Feliciano.

Of course, when it comes to the originals, Pentatonix delivers. In their sixth track, “Prayers for this World,” the band uses emotional connotations to urge their listeners to help bring peace to this world while we’re battling uncertainty for the future. Their tenth track, “Invincible (feat. Shreya Ghoshal),” is a song that encourages listeners to feel unstoppable and follow their hopes and dreams for the future.

After 11 years in the music industry, Pentatonix knows the components of a successful Christmas album. A little bit of every genre appeals to all types of listeners, regardless of their nationality. Here’s to another 11 years of Christmas music by these geniuses!

Holidays Around the World can be streamed on Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, Apple Music, iHeart, and Deezer.

The front cover of Holidays Around the World (2022)
The back cover of Holidays Around the World (2022)