The Voice review: Julian King, The Bundys, Hannah Kay, & more auditions

The VoiceThe second night on The Voice blind auditions are here! We’ve got a lot of good stuff to talk about here — performances, coach antics, tough choices, and a whole lot more. We’re looking tonight for some cool, memorable artists — we already know that the coaches are bringing the entertainment. Let’s just focus on the talent.

Throughout the night, we’re going to have more updates on the performances — including who worked and who didn’t! We don’t want you to miss anything that we’re going to be talking about over the next two hours. We’ve also got the latest The Voice video at the bottom of this article with even more discussion on auditions! We hope you enjoy that; subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more scoop, and check out our official playlist.

Domenic Haynes, “River” – We didn’t expect this sort of folk-soul from him. It was soothing! The one-time athlete came out and delivered something that delivered a nice groove and some different styles molded into one. We could hear in here that there’s a lot of great stuff that he could do at some point in the future … and of course, Adam Levine blocked John Legend. That’s THREE times that John has been kept from an artist. It made sense here — he probably would’ve picked John and now, Adam’s got him. Team Adam.

Savannah Brister, “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing” – Really cool intro to the song — she showed that she can do something slowed-down and emotional, and then also found a way to speed things up and give us something uptempo. The coaches were into this, most notably John. The dude turned early and it was clear from virtually that moment on that she wanted to work with him. She was practically singing to him at one point! Team John.

The Bundys, “Closer to Fine” – What a cool performance this was! We’ve seen trios on the British version of The Voice, but it hasn’t exactly been commonplace here … and this was outstanding. Really cool harmonies and a lot of great storytelling in the way in which they carried the notes in interesting ways. They are already better than any trio that we’ve seen on The Voice UK. Blake totally botched this pitch, and Kelly totally killed it. It was pretty clear which way they were going to go. Team Kelly.

Klea Olson, “No Roots” – She has to win the award for one of the most unique voices of the season — she’s got a little bit of Florence Welch in there mixed potentially with a super-bohemian version of Halsey. The bummer here is that while all of this was musically cool, the intonation just wasn’t there anytime that she belted something out. No chair turn.

Hannah Kay, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” – PAGING BLAKE SHELTON. Seriously. Has there been a more obvious Team Blake winner ever? She pretty much proclaimed her love for him before she went out onstage so we cannot say that anything about this was a shock. She is a good old-school country singer — straight down the middle when it comes to style. Just remember that Chevel Shepherd did win last season performing some songs that are in this vein. Team Blake.

Julian King, “All Time Low” – This guy’s got serious performing experience — he’s had proper training, he knows himself, and he’s from a place in Philadelphia with a rich musical legacy. What we love about him the most is being able to shift around between some different octaves and places in the scale. He’s got swagger for days. John Legend was the perfect coach for him anyway, but it was made all the funnier by him blocking Adam Levine at the last second! Great way to win the show. Team John.

Did you see our review for Monday’s The Voice?

If not, you can take a look at that now over at the link here! Also, let us know your thoughts on some of the artists tonight in the comments. (Photo: NBC.)

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