My Generation

Season 4
Episode 404
Air Date 12/16/13
TV-PG

The night's theme is "My Generation," in which the remaining four teams to perform will apply their personal touch to decades-spanning chart toppers. With judge Ben Folds mentoring this week's teams, the night is immediately energized by a power mix: The Who's "My Generation," Queen's "We Will Rock You," and Imagine Dragons' "It's Time." The contestants' blend brings both the crowd and the judges to their feet.

Starting off the night is professional touring country group Home Free channeling the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, for the famous "Ring of Fire." Ben advises the group that winning is reaching people, either through laughter or tears - tell the audience a story! The men of Home Free certainly fulfill Ben's wish by starting tender and ending with Tim's ridiculously low bass note. None of the judges have critiques for Home Free's third performance.

Determined to show their sensitive side and versatility, VoicePlay chose "Don't Speak" by No Doubt, a song that topped the charts during the group's high school days. Ben encourages the vocalists to put the song first and let the story tell itself. From the first note, VoicePlay captivates. Jewel felt poignant heart behind the vocals, verbalizing the praise VoicePlay wanted to hear.

The lovely ladies of Element practice proper breathing and develop camaraderie during group workout sessions. For their song choice, "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes, Ben cautions them to leave space for the soloist to shine. Though not totally satisfied with their performance, he thinks they're taking steps in the right direction. Shawn tells the women they look and sound beautiful, but he found the harmonies to be a bit muddy and lacking drama.

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