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The Octāves

University of Richmond

Wrecking Ball - Single (2014)


Review By Catherine Lewis

March 11, 2014

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Catherine Lewis

Wrecking Ball is ubiquitous in the collegiate a cappella world, which is not surprising for a song that spent several weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The Octāves have given their own spin on the song, though: the male perspective. Where Miley Cyrus's version is shrill and whiny, The Octāves have a more earnest lead courtesy of soloist Alfred Califano.

But what makes The Octāves' version special isn't just sticking a dude in front of a song that was popularized by a woman; there are tons of details in this arrangement by Jared Feinman and Tom Anderson that give depth to this rendition. The killer bass line in the second verse (swoon!), the powerful backs in the chorus, the pin-drop silence just before the bridge, and the fragile falsetto at the song's end are all details that give new life to an overdone pop hit. Indeed, The Octāves have done a commendable job breathing a little bit of freshness into a song we've all heard just one or two times too many.

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