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The Crescendudes

University of Central Florida

Uptown Funk - Single (2015)

4.0

Review By TeKay

April 14, 2015

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The University of Central Florida has some magic in the air. The latest single from The Crescendudes is a pure delight. Paired with Voicebox’s recent release, the music coming from that campus is some of the best the collegiate scene has to offer at the moment.

Uptown Funk is the earworm of a cappella in 2015. The ’dudes are fortunate to have released one of the earliest covers of the Mark Ronson (featuring Bruno Mars) track, and we get to party along with them. Their take is a pretty straightforward arrangement — driving, funky, and with enough swag to push it beyond the kitschy lyrics. Fortunately, the arranger didn't see the need to localize the rap, so we don't have to suffer through a lot of in-jokes. Yes, after the 100th time you’ve listened to it, you won’t ever want to hear it again, but that’s the nature of earworms and takes nothing from the initial enjoyment of this version.

The production is so good that it sounds like the guys are singing right here for you, jamming and having the time of their lives. That’s what you want to achieve with a party anthem and they deliver that energy in spades. The dynamic crescendo (ha!) starting at 2:12 — “uptown funk gonna give it to ya” — makes you jump out of your seat at its zenith. That’s some performance.  

Keep being funky guys, you've got a good thing going. 

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