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SONOSings

2 Ratings: 5.0
2009 audio CD

The Los Angeles-based a cappella sextet Sonos has few rules, but those it abides by are ironclad.      “We do our best to defy stereotypes,” says Jessica Freedman.  “The whole approach has been to distance … see full wiki

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Exquisite harmonies make Sonos debut album a real keeper.

  • Dec 31, 2009
Rating:
+5
During a recent visit to Barnes & Noble I was totally captivated by a new CD that was being heavily promoted in the Music Dept.  I cannot tell you how long it has been since I have been so impressed with a brand new CD.  So when I asked the clerk what was playing he told me it was a new release by a group called Sonos.  I hung around longer than I intended just to hear the rest of the album.  The simple fact of the matter that "SONOSings" simply blew me away.

Now I have been a huge fan of group harmony for years but being a bit older I was totally unaware of the current craze for a cappella groups on college campuses.  I also knew practically nothing about the hit TV "Glee" either.  The fact that younger people are digging group harmony these days comes as a most unexpected and pleasant surprise to me. Sonos is a Los Angeles based
a capella sextet that is certainly not afraid to be adventurous.  It seems to me that they are taking group harmony to a whole new level.  Perhaps this is the reason that I am having such a difficult time accurately describing their sound.  On some tunes they sound like a doo wop group while on other songs the sound could more accurately be compared to that of a choirAbsolutely incredible for a group of only six!  

Since I am a creature of habit I usually enjoy hearing familiar tunes.  But on "SONOSings" there was really only one tune I was even remotely familiar with.  Sonos' rendition of the Jackson 5's debut single "I Want You Back" can only be described as stunning!  A totally unique take on this venerable tune!  I loved it!   Meanwhile, I enjoyed just about everything I heard on this disc.  I would most especially recommend for your consideration "Come Here Boy", "Oh! What A World" and "White Winter Hymnal".  That one might just be my favorite tune on the entire album.  If  Sonos is this good on record I can only imagine what it would be like to see them in concert!  If you would like to learn more about Sonos you can check out the website www.sonosings.com.    Very highly recommended! 
Exquisite harmonies make SONOS debut album a real keeper. Exquisite harmonies make SONOS debut album a real keeper. Exquisite harmonies make SONOS debut album a real keeper. Exquisite harmonies make SONOS debut album a real keeper.

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January 07, 2010
Paul, I just listened to a performance of theirs on YouTube, maybe you could even embed it in your review. It is beautiful! Thanks for pointing this out, I love a cappella groups! By the way, I am sharing your review on Twitter :)

I also wondered if you noticed that your review was featured in the newsletter that @jrjohnson sent out yesterday?
 
December 31, 2009
I just went to their web site and I'm listening to the album as I type. Absolutely fabulous. Thanks so much for putting such talent onto my radar screen. great review, Paul.
 
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