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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.Read more ›
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. :)
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.
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.Read more ›
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