TEAM CHRISTINA: Matthew Schuler
1. Dedication song: "Story of My Life" by One Direction, for his family
The performance: I'm not crazy about Matthew's song choice. After some spectacular indie-rock picks in the past, why would he choose this generic boy band tune? I thought it was rather forgettable, although it did pick up during the bridge, which was also when those crazy laser beam lights were in full force.
The feedback: Nonetheless, Christina loved his song choice and said "the stage suits you so well." But Adam said what every well-meaning Matthew fan was thinking, regarding his legendary "Hallelujah" performance: "It becomes more difficult for you to surpass that every time."
2. Coach's choice: "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge
The performance: Better than his boy band cover, but not quite the epic redemptive tune I was hoping for. He showcases his power and gravitas, but it's still missing that special, magical quality he brought to his earlier performances.
The feedback: Christina applauded his versatility, saying "I have great ideas if you hang in there." Blake called his performance "as good as I’ve ever heard you sing."
TEAM ADAM: Will Champlin
1. Dedication song: "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke, for his wife and baby
The performance: After watching Will's tenacity throughout this season, and especially after last week's killer Etta James cover, I'm a total Will convert. This performance was soulful, powerful, and just nectar for the ears.
The feedback: Coach Adam praised his piano playing skills and his vocals: "It felt really real and it felt really genuine." Cee Lo said, "Well, you've definitely got soul."
2. Coach's choice: "Hey Brother" by Avicii
The performance: Adam chose this because “this song symbolizes the defiance of genre.” It's a practical choice because it does highlight Will's ability to sing in deeper registers and in more moderate tempos. But it really only came alive for me in the chorus.
The feedback: Adam, who had a lot of speaking time this episode, said, "You always come through in the end, and you’re a very ambitious singer, and I love that."
NEXT: The White Stripes strike again!