A rough beginning to a great career
Posted February 10, 2011
TobyMac, the more hip-hop member of dc Talk, released this album when the band took an "Intermission" in 2001. This review is being written almost 10 years after its release, so it's easy to look back now and have a new perspective on this album. While it looks very rough these days as it did now, it shows the building blocks of what would become one of Christian music's premier entertainers.
The first thing I notice looking back on this album is the large amount of covers. While I know this is a big thing to do in the hip-hop world, it's not something you see that often in Christian music. While it was nice to have a new spin on these songs, they aren't really well done. As other reviewers have said, they are simple. I feel like I could've made the beats in the background in about 30 minutes on Garage Band. The lyrics are okay, but seem to fall short of the high expectations we had with each dc Talk release.
While there are highlights like "Yours" and "Love Is In the House", there are more songs on this album that you will skip rather than listen to. "J Train" and "Extreme Days" seem to try survive simply by being intense and it doesn't really work all that well.
Am I saying this is a bad CD? No. TobyMac has become one of the best Christian artists out there, and I believe this was him trying to hone his new place in the industry. Now that he has found his niche, he has thrived. If you like TobyMac a lot, pick this album up. If you're only a casual fan, you'll probably do better to check out other albums.
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