Welcome to Diverse City
- Friday, October 01, 2004
- Hey Now
- Catchafire (Whoopsi Daisy)
- Poetically Correct
- TruDog, The Return
- Diverse City
- Stories (Down to the Bottom)
- Getaway Car
- Burn for You
- Fresher Than a Night at the W
- Gotta Go
- Atmosphere Remix
Hard to believe that tobyMac has been in Christian music for 15 years, many of those with dc Talk. That's about as long as Steven Curtis Chapman, and like the celebrated pop/rock contemporary, tobyMac shows little sign of slowing down. In 2001, he revealed himself to be the primary creative force behind dc Talk through his solo debut
Those who have come to love tobyMac's high-octane sound and concert performances will also surely enjoy his sophomore effort
He may not be the first or only hip-hop act to do this, but few do it better. The key is being able to believably pull off the eclecticism without sounding like a poseur or an amateur, and tobyMac plays between the genres effortlessly. The title track is one of the most fun, a rowdy disco-funk throwback to the classic sound of the Gap Band, Parliament, Bootsy Collins, and Sly & The Family Stone—it's a blast only five seconds in. A similar retro funk hip-hop blend is heard in "Getaway Car," about fleeing temptation and doubt to pursue God's ways. "Catchafire (Whoopsi Daisy)" is probably the most eclectic track on the album, offering an aggressive combination of hip-hop, rock, reggae, and world music for spiritual inspiration.
Also lending to the album's diversity is a slew of guest appearances. In addition to T-Bone, MOC, and dancehall reggae sensation Papa San, Superchic[k] contributes to "Stories (Down to the Bottom)." The bouncy mix of pop and hip-hop is exactly what you'd expect from a collaboration of these two artists, sharing a mix of testimonials about how we all face pain and have tales to tell. And longtime fans will want to take special note of "Atmosphere," a pop-laced love letter from God to the crestfallen and downhearted. A remix at the album's end reunites tobyMac with his dc Talk buddies, making the song resemble past hits like "Consume Me" and "Godsend."
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