City Paper is not for tourists
And Michael J. West is rightfully pissed:
Seriously? Had these guys not heard the immaculate, beautiful rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come” that had left me in tears and in chills? They must have—they chose the song. Shawn Stockman told them it was their best performance. Sara Bareilles had gotten visibly choked up and said, “My God! That vocal! Oh my God!” Ben Folds had said, “That? That was a record. I’d buy that!” It was a summation of not only their style, but the lessons they’d painstakingly learned through the course of the show.
Had the judges not been dazzled by the stunning ambition and success of their “master mix” of R. Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Nikki Minaj‘s “Fly,” the only one to attempt to do both pieces simultaneously instead of back-and-forth, and the only one that insolubly fused the lyrical messages of the two songs? Hadn’t they been blown away by Christie Dashiell and Trenton Cokley‘s absurdly imaginative co-lead, and shocked by Mariah Maxwell‘s rap? Did Bareilles not praise the group for their “heart, humility, and so much courage”?
What the hell was this?
Read the rest at Arts Desk. As for myself, I’m just proud that these Bison had such a great run and are likely to go somewhere great.