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With 11 million albums sold and 5 Grammy® Awards to his credit, TobyMac refuses to settle on past accomplishments, as he delivers a diverse album built on honest struggle. He remains passionate about his desire to write songs at the intersection where life and spirituality collide. He calls his new album, Eye On It, which he also calls a complete labor of love.

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Forefront
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One World
2. Made To Love
3. Medley: Boomin'/Opera Trip
4. I'm For You
5. Medley: Face Of the Earth/Chuck At Artist Development
6. No Ordinary Love
7. Ignition
8. Hype Man
9. Suddenly
10. Medley: All In (Letting Go)/Mr. Talkbox
11. Feelin' So Fly
12. No Signal
13. Medley: Lose My Soul/Afterparty

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The highly anticipated new album from one of Christian Music's biggest artists. TobyMac is seeing major sales momentum! Both of TobyMac's solo albums, Momentum and Welcome To Diverse City, are recently certified Gold! The music video for Boomin' is releasing to all major Christian video outlets. TobyMac has over 56,000 MySpace friends, and well over 1,000,000 plays!

With an "alright, this time it's for real" promise, Toby Mac turns the keys of the ignition and hits the gas on Portable Sounds, his third and most impressive solo effort to date. The musician-producer sounds more confident and comfortable than ever before, deftly mixing elements of rap, rock, pop, R&B, funk, and even a little reggae into a deliciously creative entrée. Some of the "joints on this record" – as Toby Mac's boy TruDog calls them – fall more into one style or another. Yet the world party sound that Toby Mac introduced on his previous Diverse City is built upon here with the opening "One World" as well as "No Ordinary Love." Pop flavors more tracks than before with guitar-driven numbers like "Made to Love," "I'm For You," and the infectious "Suddenly." Fans will also be pleased as TruDog is indeed back on the ridiculously cute "Hype Man." Urgent rockers like "Ignition" and the silky smooth "Lose My Soul" give even more spice and variety to liven up an already electric mix. The latter track is finely tuned with guest vocals from Kirk Franklin and Toby Mac pal Mandisa. Much like Sting, Toby Mac has transcended a former identity (as part of the D.C. Talk super group) and grown into an artist worthy of merit on his own. Portable Sounds stands up to repeated listens with a fresh and energetic sound and a buoyant and unapologetic joy seldom heard. --Michael Lyttle

Customer Reviews

Portable Sounds is a pretty darn good CD!!
L. Kline
TobyMac is one third of Christian Rock group DC Talk, and "Portable sounds" is his third solo CD.
Nse Ette
I love this album is is by far the best one Tobymac has released.
Sarah J. Miller

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Tucker on February 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was actually able to snag this CD at Wal Mart last Friday (5 days before it officially came out), seems someone didn't pay attention to street date...oh well.

Once again Toby has done it, he follows a trend that I see in too few of bands these days. Instead of pumping out 11-13 tracks of 'been there, done that', 'Portable Sounds' takes on a fresh sound and theme.

With Momentum being the 'Hard Rock' album, Diverse City being the 'Hip Hop/dance' album, Portable Sounds captures the feel of both previous efforts while throwing in a fresh sound. Portable is a little more mellow in terms of rock but the power and energy is there as always. To me, I feel a mid range 'DC Talk/Supernatural' kind of sound a little throughout the CD, so it kind of takes you back.

I feel the lyrics overall of 'Portable' are an improvement to Diverse City, where I felt the Christian theme dropped just a little, yeah it was still there but not as strong as I usually like it. Songs like 'Made to Love' and especially 'Boomin'' are catchy.

Tru Dog makes a reappearance in the awesome and hilarious track #8. I can just see this kid following his dad's footsteps in a few years. And again, Kirk Franklin has a track with Toby that is much better than his previous appearence on Momentum's 'J Train'. Before it seemed like he just kind of sat there and talked, but this time he actually does some singing, the track overall it pretty good and I'm not much of a KF fan.

And finally, more than once Toby has some witty and funny skits between songs which I think makes the album that much more fun. Some I listened to over and over again.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HeyUPikachu on March 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If your into hardcore rap and rock, then pass this CD up. But if you like, Pop, hip hop, and dancing, then this is the CD for you.

Songs like Trudog 07 and Signal will hafta grow on you, and I have no doubt they will with me, as it has happened in the past with some Tobymac songs.

"One World", "Boomin", "No Ordinary Love", and "Feelin so Fly" are great dance songs, with lotsa hip hop flavor while "Made to love", "Suddenly" and "I'm for you", are rather pop-like. ;) I have no doubt you can dance to them all.

The Slower songs like "Face of the earth" and "All in" are catchy and fluid with a slightly similar sound.

The strange sounds like heavy metal and rap that kept me from buying his first album are all but gone, which is a major improvement. Toby's not afraid to try something new, and he pulls it off.

If I had to use only two words to describe it I woud say: Amazingly unique. Dont buy it if you like Modern pop. :)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Portable Sounds," TobyMac's third solo effort of original work, is almost a continuation of it's predecessor, "Welcome To Diverse City." Opening with the soulful "One World" and then spilling into a wonderful mixture of rap, pop, soul, rock, hip hop, a little funk and Reggae, this album feels both fresh and comfortable at the same time. There seems to be less rock influence on this album, but "Boomin'" has a nice blend of it along with some soul. Songs like "I'm For You" and "Suddenly" highlight the pop sounds while "Feelin' So Fly" gets funky. Lighter fare such as "All In" will probably make its way to Contemporary Christian Radio and "No Signal" gives the listener some reggae pop.

As with all of TobyMac's albums, there are a few interludes. The highlight has to be "Mr. Talkbox" in my opinion. DC Talk fans will get a taste of the past when they hear "Face of the Earth." It hearkens back to some of DC Talk's lighter pop tunes.

All of the songs on this album are clear on one thing: They are Christian and aren't shy to tell you about it. There is no questioning T-Mac's motives, and it's great to see an artist with so much talent to be so unafraid of expressing his faith. Much like rock pioneers Petra, T-Mac does not back down or compromise in order to get his music on Top 40 or ACC radio. This guy is a whiz at what he does, and "Portable Sounds" is definitely a travel-worthy collection of tunes. Highly recommended.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Read on March 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Toby McKeehan (a.k.a. tobyMac) of dc talk has released his third full-length solo project entitled Portable Sounds. I'll try to be as non-biased as I can in this review, but I'll be honest first of all and confess that I am a die-hard dc talk fan, and that I was disappointed at my first listening sample to this new album. tobyMac has done something extremely rare in dc talk history--he named the album, not after a song, but a phrase. This piqued my interest, especially in a tobyMac album, but then again, looking at the titles of his past two records, Momentum, and, Welcome to Diverse City, Portable Sounds doesn't sound too much stranger.

First, let me give a brief analysis of the songs:

1. One World: There is no "Toby's Back" to start us off like on Diverse City--no reference at all to Toby. In fact, the first sounds are a door opening and Toby saying, "Alright, this time it's for real." Thus, the album commences, with this track being very reminiscent of Hey Now, but fresh and not just a copy of a previous tune. Toby reinforces his stance on the beauty of diversity, and goes even farther to say that we are all one world, that this one world was intended to house countless types of people. The very last words you will hear on this track are "Come together," again bringing to light a theme that dc talk has always had.

2. Made To Love: This is the "title track." (At least, I am convinced it is.) I can't compare this really to any song Toby has ever done, but this sound works great for him. (This song was made a single a few months before this album was released.) Basically, "the song says it all." Anyone who listens to it cannot deny its message: that man was made for God.
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