On behalf of the Pitchforks of Duke University, I wanted to thank Tekay, Tom, and Kevin for their time and their reviews. We are very honored to be praised by such a trio of experienced a cappella reviewers. We are even more honored to be only the second college group deserving of a 4 overall from Kevin Sawyer. :-)
We also appreciate the criticisms, and will take them to heart when beginning our next studio project in January. I found myself nodding in agreement in particular with Kevin's characterization of Disconcert as 2 EP's on the same CD. Taking the strong opinions of 16 members and distilling them into an album with one coherent vision may very well be an impossible task, but I think we've taken great strides in that area compared to our previous releases, and hope to continue to make improvements in the future.
I also want to take a moment to thank the incredible production team we worked with in creating this album. Dave Sperandio, Ed Boyer, and James Cannon all brought an overwhelming level of talent to the table in the production stage, and I think the reviews describe the results best:
"Sonically, the album is masterfully tailored."
"Production nears brilliance, especially the awesome percussion."
"...the Pitchforks benefit from some forward-thinking production, great arranging, and well-matched soloists."
Hopefully if anyone hasn't yet had a chance to purchase a copy of Disconcert, this review will encourage you to do so. We have both discs and digital downloads available on our website www.duke.edu/pitchforks
. For any last minute holiday shoppers, the CD's are perfectly stocking-sized. :-)