Portable Sounds [Deluxe Edition]

Portable Sounds [Deluxe Edition]

by tobyMac


Take this any way you want, but the fact is that Tobymac is pretty much the Justin Timberlake of the Christian pop set. A refugee from a successful boy band, he is jaw-droppingly talented, with a gift for both butt-kickingly funky grooves and irresistible hooks. Like Timberlake, he also knows how to distribute his hooks, doling them out carefully so as to keep your attention focused; he also possesses the admirable ability to work in a wide variety of styles without ever sounding like a panderer or a dilettante. On his third solo album, he opens with the fun and funky "One World," then settles into a pretty neo-soul groove on "Made to Love" before jumping into a rock-ish hip-hop mode on "Boomin'," and then lapsing into straight-up rock & roll on "I'm for You." Every one of those tracks feels perfectly natural -- though he does sound a bit too much like a Sting imitator during the reggae interlude near the end of "Made to Love." "Ignition" and the embarrassingly titled "Feelin' So Fly" both invoke the glory days of '70s soul. Almost everything here rises to an almost amazing level of musical quality and pure pop joy; the only flies in the ointment are the between-song sketches (please, someone pass a law against between-song sketches) and the obligatory track featuring his son, TruDog -- who seems like a genuinely nice and even talented kid, but whose appearances on his dad's records are just too cloying to be enjoyable to anyone outside the family. Highly recommended overall. [CMG issued a deluxe edition in 2007.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: Forefront
UPC: 5099950608027
catalogNumber: 06080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

tobyMac   Primary Artist
Javier Solís   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
John Catchings   Strings
Mark Douthit   Horn
Mike Haynes   Horn
Brent Milligan   Bass,Track Performer
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Joe Weber   Guitar
Roy Agee   Horn
Tony Morra   Drums
Michael Ripoll   Guitar
Todd Lawton   Bass
Jason Eskridge   Background Vocals
Ric Robbins   Turntables
Donald Lee Woods   Background Vocals
Justin York   Guitar
Will Sayles   Drums
Tony Lucido   Bass
Paul Moak   Guitar
Trevor McNevan   Guitar
Christopher Stevens   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Kene "Ghost" Bell   Track Performer
Cary Barlowe   Guitar
Dennis Davidson   Strings
Seth Ready   Background Vocals
Tim Rosenau   Guitar
Jeremy Lutito   Drums
Ayiesha Woods   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Calvin Nowell   Background Vocals
Siti Monroe   Background Vocals
Gabe Patillo   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Beatbox

Technical Credits

Toby McKeehan   Composer,Programming,Producer
Marcelo Pennell   Engineer
Joe Weber   Composer
Dave Wyatt   Composer
Aaron Rice   Composer
Michael Ripoll   Composer
Jamie Moore   Composer,Programming
Paul Moak   Engineer
Trevor McNevan   Composer
Christopher Stevens   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Kene "Ghost" Bell   Programming
Cary Barlowe   Composer

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