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ED2012 Music Review: The Alleycats – Contemporary A Cappella

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After a string of sold-out shows at last year’s Fringe, The Alleycats are back with new tunes, but the same exuberant enthusiasm for a capella. By mixing current chart-toppers and bygone classics, they are able to create exciting arrangements that cater to all ages and tastes. They perform Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’ with gentle, heartfelt passion and then seamlessly up the tempo with a frenetically intricate rendition of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’. One thing setting this group apart from other collegiate outfits is their beatboxing skill, which gives them a percussive edge that many groups are lacking. They also don’t rely heavily on gimmicky dance moves or forced humour, allowing their ample vocal talent to assume centre stage.

C, 12-27 Aug, 5.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lewis Wade]

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