It's one thing for an artist to claim divine inspiration. It's quite another thing to show evidence of it, as Take 6 did Sunday at the Academy of Music.
The male a cappella sextet, composed of young Seventh-Day Adventists from Alabama, asked the audience members to act as if they were in church, and the crowd, which began calling out at the first note and kept it up throughout the evening, gladly complied.
The group, which collaborates on its arrangements, unfurled a harmonic complexity unrivaled in pop and gospel. "Plucking" his stomach as if it actually were an instrument, bass Alvin Chea began by establishing a foundation of rhythmic pops. Each member then added another instrument: drums, trombone, alto and tenor sax, trumpet.