'Cause it starts tonight!!! | Posted February 10, 2010
tobyMac has been a force to be reckoned with ever since his days with dcTalk and with the release of his 4th solo album, tobyMac brings in the hits again.
When I first heard his single "City On Our Knees" I was a little disappointed because I fell in love with the sound of "Made To Love", "I'm For You", and "Burn For You". It took quite a bit of listens for me to actually like this song but now that I've heard the album version I really love the song! There are subtle, minor differences between the radio edit and the album version but it is so much more enjoyable!
Kicking the album off with "Tonight" featuring the famous rocker, John Cooper, this track could be the highlight of the album. Cooper's vocals compliment the edgy tone of the song while still maintaining a tobyMac feel. It's not too much Skillet and not too much tobyMac, the best of both worlds! "Get Back Up", "Showstopper", "Changed Forever" feels a lot like a sequel to Portable Sounds but that's what made tobyMac so liked by the general public. They are hits I'll listen to many times over and over again! "Hey Devil" is great lyrically, as with many of toby's songs, and brings a new feel to the album. "Wonderin'" featuring Matthew Thiessen is a refreshing mix of Relient K's piano driven style and tobyMac's genius lyrics. Of course with any albums there are those hit and misses. For me "LoudNClear" was alright at first but I couldn't handle listening to it 50 times. "Funky Jesus Music" was too cheesy but I still love the song musically just not lyrically. I mean seriously "we got the funky Jesus blazer"??? Must you use those lyrics? The reggae styling of "Break Open The Sky" featuring Israel Houston just didn't stick with me.
Overall this album has amazing songs especially the ones that feature the famous frontmen of Relient K and Skillet. The two songs sounds like a mix of the band and tobyMac without feeling too much like Relient K, Skillet, or tobyMac.
This is definitely an album worth purchasing (I'd get the deluxe edition though :D) and playing over and over again. tobyMac does it again with his amazing lyrics and hip-hop flavor that he brings to the christian music community.
Although it's not the best album tobyMac has put out, this is a strong second.
Highlights: "Tonight", "Get Back Up", "Changed Forver", "Hey Devil", "Wonderin'"