tobyMac [Alive & Transported]
Posted September 24, 2008
Out of all the concerts that I have attended while working with Christian Music Review in
the past four years, I have to admit that some of the most exciting have come at the hands
of one Toby McKeehan, aka tobyMac. Even at age forty-four (probably forty-three when
this concert was taped!) Toby still tears up the stage with his technically savvy and
innovative stage show, performing along side his long-time touring band, Diverse City.
The release of Toby's newest project, Alive & Transported offers fans the opportunity to
not only listen to an entire concert of his Portable Sounds tour on CD, but to be able to
watch the concert in it's entirety on DVD as well. The concert was recorded live in
Houston, Texas in 2007.
The live performance includes all of Toby's hits, some which include "Boomin", "No
Ordinary" and "Made To Love" from his 2007 release, Portable Sounds; "Burn For You",
"Gone" and "I'm For You" from his 2004 release, Welcome To Diverse City; as well as hits
from 2001's Momentum like "Extreme Days", "Irene" and "Love Is In The House". There
are even a few tracks on there from Toby's days with dcTalk with "In The Light" and
dcTalk's biggest hit and groundbreaking song, "Jesus Freak".
Alive and Transported has a little bit for everyone, offering those who have never seen his
electrified and intense live show a glimpse into what's it's like to attend in person.
I have seen Toby in concert four or five times, and honestly this is probably the best I've
heard him live. Not that the concerts I have been to prior aren't great, but this one in
particular had really good production, energy and seemed to progress smoothly from song
to song. Not a Tobymac fan? I would suggest taking a listen to this one, you might just
change your mind. It's definitely worth picking up!
Go and check out Mike Laxton's review for Tobymac's latest studio album, Portable Sounds here for more info and background on Toby's music.
Rating: 9 out of 10 (90%, A-)
Review written by: Jay Heilman
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