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Twenty For One by Cadence

On their second release, Twenty For One, a cappella group Cadence continue to explore originals as well as time honored pop classics. Variety is the key to their existence. Cadence makes use of various vocal styles and transcribed instrumentation to put a song across. Sharp, harmonious tonalities are used to great effect. At times one might be led to believe that instruments are used, but thankfully, this is not the case. The power of the human voice is on display for all to enjoy.

Fox sings the lead on "Sunshine". This bouncy number features the quartet in perfect harmony, with a silky rhythm, optimism reigns. If ever there was a pick me up kind of tune, this is it.

Charles Mingus and Joni Mitchell's "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines", is full of surprises. Creative harmonies, a driving beat and a penchant to swing prove that Cadence take their art seriously. There is a seamless cadence that allows the song to breath effortlessly.

Beautiful ensemble singing kicks off "Game". Bell takes the lead vocal with the rest of the quartet offering soothing support. There is also a scat solo from Fox. You never get a feeling that there are four vocalists performing. They all sound as one.

A beautiful piece of music, "True Colours" is handled with style and conviction. The instrumental parts are expertly performed. Upon repeated listening, you can appreciate how talented these four lads are. Never racing ahead of the melody, they remain in the groove throughout.

Cadence is a group to watch. With a keen ear for melody, brilliant use of the instrumentals and an overall sense of fun, Twenty For One delivers on many levels. For listeners of a cappella music, Cadence is sure to delight.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Cadence
  • CD Title: Twenty For One
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Rating: Four Stars
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