The Walker - Single (2022)
Review By Catherine Lewis
December 25, 2022
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I love getting a surprise when I hear an excellent new-to-me a cappella group and realize that the singers are all still in high school. Bella Voce', an all-female HS group from Georgia, sounds great on this single, which seems to be the group's first recorded output.
The beginning of The Walker is outstanding — the arrangement builds perfectly. There's a haunting sustained note in the first verse that adds such an incredibly suspenseful drone beneath the arrangement that works both in the beginning of the song (when it's just soloist Aubry Weatherspoon) and in the second half of the first verse, when the percussion and other accent voices join in. The sound is instantly attention-grabbing and will get any listener sucked in right from the get-go as the song launches into its toe-tapping chorus, which sounds great with the full group joining in.
The challenge with The Walker is not really Bella Voce's fault; the song is just all chorus, so it quickly becomes a bit repetitive. The group tries to spice it up a little bit with a snippet of another Fitz & the Tantrums song (HandClap), but even that is not quite enough. I wish that the group had done something drastically surprising — either a full-on mashup with HandClap or a topsy-turvy version of one of The Walker's choruses.
Even so, the failure of the original song is hardly something to ding Bella Voce' on. As a first introduction to the group, this performance is energetic and spectacularly performed. It's a fun listen, and I hope the group chooses to record more in the future!