‘The Sing-Off’ season 4, episode 4 review: Did Element, VoicePlay, or Vocal Rush go home?
After having to sit through a very disappointing first part of “The Voice’s” season 5 finale, we were personally looking for our own hero in the form of “The Sing-Off.” Luckily, the show strapped on a cape, rescued us from our despair, and delivered four extremely entertaining performances. Nobody was bad tonight per se, and only one group actually regressed versus the week before.
Then, there is that Ultimate Sing-Off twist that is still fun, and different than how most other shows do these sort of things. Let’s start, as always, with giving our own rankings for the groups.
4. VoicePlay, “Don’t Speak” – This was a decent performance, but it felt a little too shouty and we would’ve preferred something that delivered more of the funk and the rock in the song. No Doubt is a very hard group to nail mostly because they are such a unique band to begin with, but it really felt like something significant was lacking from this.
3. Element, “Keep Me Hangin’ On” – The best performance from this group by a mile in this competition. For the first time, we totally bought into the vocal prowess of the Element ladies from the highest register to the lower one. They didn’t feel like they desperately needed a bass, and instead just relied on both each other and some killer notes.
2. Vocal Rush, “Holding Out for a Hero” – While we’re still very annoyed about the people holding random signs in the audience (mostly because we sincerely doubt their authenticity), this was a performance worthy of a sign or two. These people are still so young, and don’t show it in their performance quality or their behavior. Like with Element, this was the best they have done all season long.
1. Home Free, “Ring of Fire” – This was great. The range on their lead singer is incredible, and we are pretty sure that he can hit notes that no rational human being should be able to hit in a million years. But he also had a great vocal group all around him as a whole, which gave this entire performance that wonderful sort of “complete” feel.
The Ultimate Sing-Off – Obviously, our opinions were way off since we had a battle here between Vocal Rush and Element. The song? “Survivor,” which was a pretty entertaining battle. Both groups did pretty well, but we more enjoyed the taunting and choreography that went along with. Vocal Rush did better with the pitch, but Element was better with the tempo.
Eliminated – Element. It was somewhat of a bummer to see the only all-female group out before the top 6, but it was probably the right move in that Vocal Rush has more potential if they can start to reign in a little of their exuberance and turn it into great singing all of the time. Episode grade: A-.
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December 18, 2013 @ 9:27 am
if you would like to be taken seriously, you should learn the meaning of the word rational as well as include the names of all four groups in the title, rather than play on the cute assumption that one group had “no chance” of being eliminated, no matter how true it might be. I personally thought there were two groups that had no chance of being eliminated and I was right and I think most people felt the same way, per the consensus. I’m sure people felt differently, including yourself, but your title is a turn off to anyone who didn’t feel exactly like you did. and not provoking which would be ok, and even encouraged. if your title is to make any sense, and you’re to come off as knowing anything about a-cappella music, then take voiceplay out of the title, move them to number two, and have it read, did element or vocal rush go home? then talk about the amazing technique involved in voiceplay’s performance, their skill in dynamics/arrangement, pair that with bringing to light the obvious drooling that we all do when a group sings a popular song with an “ear friendly” feel good melody, or does something “really cool” like hit an incredible note (which made my ears very happy mind you) and then you’ve got the beginnings of a compelling piece, void of bias and posturing.