Offers a new twist by tackling film music: namely, a set of jazz variations on themes from Harry Potter. The usual throwback hits are here in abundance, though, including Noah Guthrie’s ‘50s R&B spin on Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and 15-year old Caroline Baran’s breathtaking voice killing it on Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.”
‘Historical Misappropriation’ boasts the debut of several PMJ favorites: Morgan James (with a jaw-dropping ‘70s soul performance of Maroon 5’s “Maps”), Von Smith (crooning a heavenly American Bandstand-ready “Rude”), and Arianna Savalas (bringing her playfully sultry style to Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”).
And upright bassist and vocalist Kate Davis’s sublime performance proves once and for all that it is, indeed, “All About That Bass.”
An album that provided a much-needed jolt of Bradlee’s nostalgic irreverence at a time when both sides in the contentious election were looking fondly back – some to a time when America was Great, others to a time when our politics seemed saner. PMJ called in their first star vocalist, Robyn Adele Anderson, to jazz up Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” in Benny Goodman fashion, and Rick Rolled the country with an old-school soul take on “Never Gonna Give You Up” featuring Clark Beckham.
Forget Tay Tay’s #Squad; PMJ has been building their multi-talented family since the beginning, and ‘Squad Goals’ shows off their dazzling range.
Backed by a lush string section, Morgan James turns Aerosmith’s “Dream On” into a heart-wrenching torch song and Haley Reinhart returns with an elegant orchestral pop rendition of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”
Puddles Pity Party, the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice, croons Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” while Melinda Doolittle adds some low-down blues to Britney’s “Toxic.”