Released August 28th 2012
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
Having recently released both a Christmas album and a remix album, tobyMac is back at it with a relatively quick turn around two and a half years after his most recent traditional release (Tonight), presenting his latest album Eye On It.
There was a time when it was pretty fair to say that the former DC Talk star was in the hip hop game, but with each release it becomes more evident that he has evolved into a pop star, with only slight hints of the old days of rap/rock fusion.
Eye On It is a lengthy album, especially if you include the plethora of remix tracks available on the deluxe edition, but with feel good tunes arriving late in the Summer, it flows so quickly that I hardly even notice.
The album starts off with the debut single, “Me Without You”, the electronic era influenced pop song that might remind you of Owl City with a very different set of vocals. The album quickly sets a tone of humility and a proper perspective of stardom with another pop hit called “Steal My Show”.
Do you want to dance? Wait, do you want to dance like you’re in a video game? Then the title track, “Eye On It”, is your jam, continuing a trend of head bopping songs that you would be hard impressed to not want to move with the beat.
“Forgiveness” is the closest thing you’ll get to old school tobyMac, with a sweet set of rhymes brought by hip hop master Lecrae. “Speak Life” is a bit of a mid-tempo sleeper, before pumping it back up with “Unstoppable”, which features Group 1 Crew’s Blanca.
If you were expecting a piano pop song like “Lose Myself” on the album, you’re the only one, but you were right, so kudos to you. This sets up the ballad, “Family”, which marks a few too many slow songs for what I’d prefer on a tobyMac album, as it kills all the adrenaline picked up earlier in the record.
The man gets sentimental late in the album with songs like “Thankful For You” – talking about the fans, “Made For Me” – talking about his wife, Mac Daddy (Tru’s Reality) – the song featuring his son Tru Dog, and “Favorite Song”, which features Jamie Grace, who became a star last year with tobyMac’s help on her own hit song “Hold Me”.
After that, we get into the remixes only available on the Deluxe Edition, which for me gets a little too repetitive as I’d rather hear a bonus track B-side than the same song produced a different way in the same listen.
For all the genres that we have available to us, the pop genre seems woefully ignored in the Christian culture of music, which seems ridiculous when tobyMac transitioned to it so well.
Although I generally would prefer tobyMac’s hip hop beats over anything else he can do, this is a top notch production that should prove to be one of the more favorable albums of the year. After all these years, he’s still cooler than you or me.
- Me Without You
- Steal My Show
- Eye On It
- Forgiveness (Featuring Lecrae)
- Speak Life
- Unstoppable (Featuring Blanca from Group 1 Crew)
- Lose Myself
- Thankful For You
- Made For Me
- Mac Daddy (Tru’s Reality)
- Favorite Song (Featuring Jamie Grace)
- Me Without You (Capital Kings Remix)
- Steal My Show (Jack Shocklee Remix)
- Lose Myself (Capital Kings Remix)
- Family (Jamie Moore Remix)
- LoudNClear Tru (Telemitry Remix)
- Me Without You (Telemitry Remix)