Covering “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a bohemian task to accomplish. Not every artist can hit the highs and lows and the opheratic bits and the depth Queen captured in their 1975 hit classic. We have witnessed countless covers of this song throughout the 44 years of its existence, but this cover by Pentatonix certainly takes a top spot for its creativity.
Pentatonix group are known for their acapella covers of some of the most iconic songs from the history of music. The unique feature of Pentatonix is that they do not just simply cover the original, but they take it a step further and make it their own rendition. Hence, all of their covers have a unique Pentatonix touch in them. Two good examples are their covers of Simon & Garfunkel’s hit “The Sound of Silence” released in2019, or “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley. The latter stands to be the band’s most famous cover to-date with over 400 million views as of now.
The Pentatonix gang released this cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in April 2017 and the video has amassed over 72 million views in less than a year. A huge part of this massive popularity would be due to the creative music video they have put forth with the cover.
In the music video for this cover, Pentatonix members are seen seated in a sofa in a living room. As the song progresses the living room vanishes into thin air and the sofa plays an integral part of the video until the end. The iconic four-face cover art for the original single is also being recreated by Pentatonix member–but with a twist. All their faces appear in a darkene room with only their faces lit up by torches held by each of the members to their own faces. And it is “very very frightening me…” as well.
Watch Pentatonix Cover “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
It would be difficult and unjust to compare this acapella cover with the original rock version by Queen. However, it seems to be difficult to preserve or expect the same strength that the original song exerted, in an acapella cover. In that note, kudos to Pentatonix for this amazing cover/recreation.
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