1. Me Without You
2. Steal My Show
3. Eye On It
4. Forgiveness (Feat. Lecrae)
5. Speak Life
6. UnStoppable (Feat. Blanca From Group1Crew)
7. Lose Myself
9. Thankful For You
10. Made For Me
11. Mac Daddy (Tru's Reality)
12. Favorite Song (Feat. Jamie Grace)
It’s hard to believe that its been eleven years since TOBYMAC released his first album as a solo artist but looking at the dates on the case for Momentum it appears that exactly how long its been. Eleven years is a long career for any artist, it’s rare for artists to leave a household name band and be successful as a solo artist. Michael Tait and Keven Max have taken to reviving other household names (Tait-Newsboys, Max-Audio A). Meanwhile Tobymac has become a household name on his own and he should with five full length studio albums and an immensely popular live show with the Diversity Band.
With that one would wonder where the man who’s done it all with Rock, Hip-Hop and pop is going to go next, especially after the slightly disappointing Tonight. Toby answers with his new pop album Eye On It, showcasing his talents not just as a song writer but as a producer as well.
From the beginning Eye On It seems different from Toby’s previous works. The opener “Me Without” You is straight pop, while the title cut feels like Owl City’s version of hard rock. Other songs on the album such as “Speak Life”Forgiveness” and “Favorite Song” are acoustic driven numbers. If you’re wondering if Toby’s given up rap don’t, “Forgiveness” and “Made for Me” showcase that talent just well. One may also notice the change in instrumentation; Toby uses a lot more piano and acoustics than on previous records, even throwing in auto-tunes, which unfortunately takes away from the messages in the songs.
Lyrically this isn’t a bad album, but it’s not perfect either. There are those who believe that it’s time Trudog (Toby’s son Truen) should move on and produce his own full length album. It was cute at the beginning, now I just want to see the young man put his feet in the water and use the talents he has learned from his father. Plus “Mac Daddy” just seems to bring the album down, serving no purpose on an album that ultimately is strong and uplifting.
That being said there are several stand out tracks on Eye on It that deserve mention. The afore mentioned “Me Without You” which talks about life without God or life when we don’t surrender to God at the beginning of the day. “Steal My Show” is probably the best song on the album as Toby talks about the struggles of balancing fame with faith. “IF you want to steal my show, sit back and watch it go, if you’ve got something to say, don’t want to get in the way.” Also the appearance of Christian Rap Veteran Lecrea on “Forgiveness adds to the lyrical quality as does the appearance of Group One Crews Bianca on “Unstoppable.”
All in all this is a good capstone to a long career, not that TobyMac is done, I doubt that will be the case, but the former DC Talker seems to have found a nice place to call home in the Christian music industry. I look forward to what he produces next, as long as Trudog puts something out first.