Straight No Chaser是由十个人组成的合唱团，分别为Michael，Randy，Dave，Charlie，Jerome，Walter，Dan，Ryan，Seggie以及Tyler，一般曲目之中没有伴奏，或者隻有少量伴奏，全靠合唱来达到效果。十个人从大学开始就在一起唱歌，他们说当时隻是玩玩，没想到现在成了自己真正的职业。随著这张专辑的发行，他们也开始了他们56个城市的巡演之旅。
最初，这隻是一个12年前印第安纳大学的学生团体，如今他们的一首“The 12 Days of Christmas”在Youtube上达到了近8百万点击，他们又一次走到了一起。在这个充斥著电子加工人声处理的音乐的今天，Straight No Chaser 无伴奏合唱，这十人天然的人声会带我们回到最纯粹的感觉中，体会那一丝幽默。
这种名为「a cappella（阿卡贝拉）」的音乐类型（人声音乐合唱，就是完全用人声来取代乐器），在国外已经风行很久了，但这次却让我的惊嘆指数达到了「百分之两百」【Indiana Straight No Chaser】这个团体真的真的超了不起！除了歌声和默契绝佳，在舞台上的Live表演更是幽默逗趣，超好笑的！
Straight No Chaser团体从1996年开创至今已经成立11年，当中的团员也已经换过好几轮，我最欣赏的却是那10位创始团员的演出，不多说，先来一段他们演唱吧。
Straight No Chaser -《Christmas Cheers》
专辑英文名: Christmas Cheers
专辑歌手: Straight No Chaser
发行版本: iTunes Plus [AAC] Deluxe Version
到专属网站试听新曲与詼谐逗趣的MV《The Christmas can-can》，
Release Date: 11/3/2009
Catalog Number: 520740
Sales rank: 239
Review by Matt Collar
Straight No Chaser's 2009 album Christmas Cheers finds the talented a cappella ensemble reworking various classic Christmas songs as well as some other popular holiday nuggets. Included are such traditional songs as "We Three Kings" and "O Holy Night." Straight No Chaser also delve into such Christmas standards as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Jingle Bells." There are also plenty of lighter moments such as the group's humorous take on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Who Spiked the Eggnog?" For fans of Straight No Chaser's unique approach to a cappella or anyone who just loves well-done holiday music, Christmas Cheers should fill the bill...er, stocking.
By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE
Straight No Chaser's latest holiday album is full of brand new recordings by this group and it's all about Christmas. Indeed, this is going to be a terrific stocking stuffer this year! Everything about the track set is brand new except that we get the album version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" instead of a live recording of "The 12 Days of Christmas" that was on their album entitled "Holiday Spirits." Moreover, Straight No Chaser sound wonderful; I could listen to this CD every day and never tire of it! They are exceptionally gifted performers. The quality of the sound is very good and the artwork is excellent, too.
"The Christmas Can-Can" starts the album with a fun tune that has Straight No Chaser squarely in the spotlight and I love the way they do this one to perfection! Great! "We Three Kings" is very well done; and the members of Straight No Chaser handle the tempo and key changes like pros. Other very good numbers include "Christmastime Is Here" which I first heard in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" television special; and "Let It Snow" charms me with its natural beauty. Listen also for "Dónde Está Santa Claus" which adds a lot of mirth to the album and the incredible "I'll Be Home for Christmas" which was my mother's favorite Christmastime song. There are also outstanding renditions of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "O Holy Night" while "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" gets a particularly creative arrangement to let Straight No Chaser put their own stamp on this classic holiday ballad. "The 12 Days of Christmas" is also extremely well done to the theme of "Africa" which was recorded by Toto.
But Straight No Chaser adds even a few more fun, secular tunes to add a special kick to this CD. I really like that electric "Hey Santa;" "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch;" and "Who Spiked the Eggnog?" Excellent!
Original Release Date: November 2, 2009
Release Date: November 2, 2009
Copyright: 2009 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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Total Length: 39:31
01. The Christmas Can-Can 2:41
02. We Three Kings 2:30
03. Christmastime Is Here 2:18
04. Let It Snow 3:01
05. Donde Esta Santa Claus 2:29
06. I'll Be Home For Christmas 3:04
07. Hey Santa! 2:46
08. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 2:21
09. You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch 2:53
10. O Holy Night 3:09
11. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 2:37
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 2:35
13. Jingle Bells 2:04
14. Who Spiked The Eggnog? 2:06
15. The 12 Days of Christmas 2:58