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Feb 13, 2012

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  • Reviews for UK Tour

    Hi All 

    I thought you might be getting some withdrawal symptoms, with the boys being over here in the UK so I thought I would send you some of the reviews that they are getting. Whilst the reviews aren't telling us anything we "Chasers" don't already know, all the great reviews hopefully means that you will have to share them with us in the UK a lot more often.  I will post more reviews as I find them.

     

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    Straight No Chaser arrived in a snowy York tonight as part of their first UK headline tour. They are however, no strangers to the UK having played with both Barry Manilow at The O2 and Kathryn Jenkins at The Royal Albert Hall in the past couple of years. Set up in 1996 by a group of Indiana University Students sharing a love of music, the group have come a long way over the years. They have a massive following in the US since being spotted singing the 12 days of Christmas on You Tube.

    Straight No Chaser can certainly be credited with making a cappella cool, 9 sharp suited men – there should be ten (but one is in the US as he has a new child) bring a varied programme of popular music with their unique take on songs including those from Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Madonna and The Jackson 5.

    From the outset it is clear that Straight No Chaser are a class act. Opening the show with Get Ready, originally by The Temptations, a great introduction to the groups harmonic depths, beat boxing talents and great soloists.

    It is quickly apparent that the group don’t take themselves too seriously which adds an endearing charm to their performance and stops it from being just a fantastic vocal performance. Sarcastically describing themselves as “dancers first, singers second” their choreography adds a dimension of hilarity to the performance, with exaggerated ‘cool’ moves and cheeky movements throughout the night.

    The first half includes a number of clever arrangements including: Heard it through the Grapevine, In the Jungle, Staying Alive and I’m Yours. In the Jungle sees the group produce some beautiful tones, resembling at times the great depth of sound of Lady Smith Black Mambaza. Ryan Louis Ahlwardt shows off his outstanding falsetto abilitites and Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl effortlessly finds its way into the song. This effortless, clever song placement is what Straight No Chaser do best. They go on to mix Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours with Over the Rainbow to create a stunning fusion with Michael Robert Luginbill as the soloist, this is a definite stand out performance. Staying Alive brings another opportunity for the group to show off their dance moves and of course another opportunity to slip in to another song, this time Superstition by Stevie Wonder. The song sounds particularly effective when both tunes are sung side by side.

    After the interval Billy Jean is immediately recognisable by the perfect imitation of the introduction to Billy Jean by the beatboxer and accompanying singers. Tainted Love provides an opportunity for great ensemble piece with soloist. There is a soul version of Oasis’ Wonderwall and The Jackson 5’s ABC. The final piece is modern and pleasing,it combines Cee Lo Greens Forget You, Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and Poker Face, and there was no getting away from being struck down by Bieber Fever.

    The nature of ensemble a cappella music naturally means that some of the performers, although equally important, will fade into the background as they never sing the tune, but Straight No Chaser makes sure all of their singers are at the forefront. Each performer introduces themselves and a song to the audience, they talk to the audience throughout the night allowing their individual characters to shine through, and leave the audience feeling like they’ve spent the night with new friends.

    The York audience really couldn’t get enough of Straight No Chaser, so an encore of The 12 Days of Christmas and Up on the Roof without microphones created the perfect ending of this perfect evening of unique musical talent.

    Straight No Chaser are a group of mega star voices with school boy charm. A truly spectacular, unforgettable performance – this show should not be missed.

    Straight No Chaser are on UK tour until 19thFebruary 2012.

    All the Best,
    Claire Troote UK

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on February 11, 2012 - 3:57pm

Hi All 

I thought you might be getting some withdrawal symptoms, with the boys being over here in the UK so I thought I would send you some of the reviews that they are getting. Whilst the reviews aren't telling us anything we "Chasers" don't already know, all the great reviews hopefully means that you will have to share them with us in the UK a lot more often.  I will post more reviews as I find them.

 

******************************************************************************************************************************************

Straight No Chaser arrived in a snowy York tonight as part of their first UK headline tour. They are however, no strangers to the UK having played with both Barry Manilow at The O2 and Kathryn Jenkins at The Royal Albert Hall in the past couple of years. Set up in 1996 by a group of Indiana University Students sharing a love of music, the group have come a long way over the years. They have a massive following in the US since being spotted singing the 12 days of Christmas on You Tube.

Straight No Chaser can certainly be credited with making a cappella cool, 9 sharp suited men – there should be ten (but one is in the US as he has a new child) bring a varied programme of popular music with their unique take on songs including those from Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Madonna and The Jackson 5.

From the outset it is clear that Straight No Chaser are a class act. Opening the show with Get Ready, originally by The Temptations, a great introduction to the groups harmonic depths, beat boxing talents and great soloists.

It is quickly apparent that the group don’t take themselves too seriously which adds an endearing charm to their performance and stops it from being just a fantastic vocal performance. Sarcastically describing themselves as “dancers first, singers second” their choreography adds a dimension of hilarity to the performance, with exaggerated ‘cool’ moves and cheeky movements throughout the night.

The first half includes a number of clever arrangements including: Heard it through the Grapevine, In the Jungle, Staying Alive and I’m Yours. In the Jungle sees the group produce some beautiful tones, resembling at times the great depth of sound of Lady Smith Black Mambaza. Ryan Louis Ahlwardt shows off his outstanding falsetto abilitites and Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl effortlessly finds its way into the song. This effortless, clever song placement is what Straight No Chaser do best. They go on to mix Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours with Over the Rainbow to create a stunning fusion with Michael Robert Luginbill as the soloist, this is a definite stand out performance. Staying Alive brings another opportunity for the group to show off their dance moves and of course another opportunity to slip in to another song, this time Superstition by Stevie Wonder. The song sounds particularly effective when both tunes are sung side by side.

After the interval Billy Jean is immediately recognisable by the perfect imitation of the introduction to Billy Jean by the beatboxer and accompanying singers. Tainted Love provides an opportunity for great ensemble piece with soloist. There is a soul version of Oasis’ Wonderwall and The Jackson 5’s ABC. The final piece is modern and pleasing,it combines Cee Lo Greens Forget You, Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and Poker Face, and there was no getting away from being struck down by Bieber Fever.

The nature of ensemble a cappella music naturally means that some of the performers, although equally important, will fade into the background as they never sing the tune, but Straight No Chaser makes sure all of their singers are at the forefront. Each performer introduces themselves and a song to the audience, they talk to the audience throughout the night allowing their individual characters to shine through, and leave the audience feeling like they’ve spent the night with new friends.

The York audience really couldn’t get enough of Straight No Chaser, so an encore of The 12 Days of Christmas and Up on the Roof without microphones created the perfect ending of this perfect evening of unique musical talent.

Straight No Chaser are a group of mega star voices with school boy charm. A truly spectacular, unforgettable performance – this show should not be missed.

Straight No Chaser are on UK tour until 19thFebruary 2012.

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