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 … see full wiki
"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.