Straight No Chaser - With A Twist (CD)

Straight No Chaser

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On some college campuses, a cappella groups have become as common as frat parties and writing seminars. The phenomenon is almost exclusively collegiate -- most singers find that their glory days are bookended by their acceptance into the group and graduation -- which makes Straight No Chaser’s success all the more unusual. The group is comprised entirely of former Indiana University students, all of whom sang in college before turning their undergrad hobby into a professional career. What separates these guys from other vocal groups is the fact that they still sound like a college ensemble, right down to the vocal percussion and nonsense syllables that mimic the sound of real instruments. That’s not meant to downplay their talent; all the members sing quite well on this album, with Michael Luginbill and Jerome Collins leading a strong pack of soloists. In a genre that’s become increasingly dominated by studio enhancement (which, with the flick of a button, can transform a human voice into a snare drum or electric guitar), Straight No Chaser take a somewhat organic approach, relying less on the capabilities of the soundboard and more on the classic appeal of nuanced, textured arrangements. As a result, With a Twist presents a sharper, mature version of the music these guys performed in school, with songs by Jason Mraz, Coldplay, and Oasis dotting the track list. It’s also one of the biggest "real world" success stories of collegiate a cappella, an album that owes its existence to the campus but targets a larger set of listeners.
  1. Performer
  2. Pop Vocal
Number of Discs
Number of Items
With a Twist
Country of Origin
Atlantic (Label)
Billboard (p.29) - "The singers master the tuning and blend demanded by their arrangements, which thankfully give precedence to the harmonic strengths of the human voice over instrumental mimicry."
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I'm Yours/Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Tainted Love
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Don't Dream It's Over
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Fix You
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] You're My Best Friend
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Living Years, The
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] You & Me & the Bottle Makes Three/Single Ladies
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Wonderwall
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Joy to the World
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Under the Bridge
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] One Voice - (featuring Barry Manilow)
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] [CD-ROM Track]
Release Date
22 July 2011
37m 19s

Audio Mixers: Steve Lunt; Dave Darlington; Dave Weber.
Recording information: Airtime Studios, Bloomington, IN; Bass Hit Recording, New York, NY.
Photographer: Maria Ponce.
Straight No Chaser tackle modern pop hits from such bands as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, and Oasis on 2010's With a Twist.

Elektra (Label)
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Straight No Chaser (Acappella)
Steve Lunt; Dave Weber; Deke Sharon; Straight No Chaser
  1. Straight No Chaser
Date Released
2011-06-01 00:00:00
Dave Darlington; Dave Weber; Chip Reardin
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