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Toby Mac is unique in today's Christian pop stars- each album he records has it's own vibe and feel, yet his brilliant song writing always come through.
His latest CD, This is NOT a Test releases TODAY, and it continues that trend:
WOW. Seriously. Every album Toby mac puts out just gets better and better! From the first listen, I knew this would be one I would play over and over. You can't help to move with the beats and how he gets his message of Christianity will resound with teens especially! The 6 collaborations on the cd give the CD a very modern, hip edge, but don't take away from Toby's singing, rather they help to accent and bring forth the message in each of the songs. Not an easy feat, but kudos to Toby for achieving it! This is CD you can put in the car, and everybody in the car will be rockin out to it. And you don't have to worry about its content! This is one to surprise the kids with! This is a huge CD with 15 tracks (!!) and one that you'll throw on repeat as soon as it finishes! I thought the Tonight cd was my all time Fav Toby mac CD, but I have to admit, this one may just have taken that title! Read on for my thoughts on the tracks!
Check out the new single's video:
Backseat- -modern pop feel, about trusting God, and maybe the best collaboration on the CD
This is Not a Test-ultra techno, yet pure Toby Mac!
Lights Shine Bright-an island feel rap song of the holy spirit
Til the Day I Die- pure techno Toby Mac, reminds to honor our promise to God every day
Feel It- set to be the second single- Toby takes on 'Uptown Funk' and gives us a Christian rock version
Move- pure rock with a hint of Brit rock, tells us of God's promises
Love Broke You- maybe the most 'popish' song on the album, it tell so pure love
Beyond Me-pure Toby Mac- rock mixed with pop and a hint of techno, you will HAVE to rocj out to this one! This was the lead single
Love Feels Like- more hard edge rock, reminds us of how breathtaking true love can be
Undeniable- How God shows his way to us every day
Lift You Up- about God's strength
Fall- very 'island' feel, tale of love
Beyond Me- very techno, and pure Toby in the lyrics, which are just too great
Like a Match- My Favorite song on the cd!
The tour for this CD will run October through May- check out Toby mac official page for dates and when tickets go on sale!
Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman. Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music. While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk. Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001. Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight(2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008). This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released. Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going. "It's the truth," he says. "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart. I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."
Now for the fun part, one BTHM reader will win this EXCELLENT CD!