11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whatever storm you face, TobyMac has a song to help you weather it. The Elements continues the positive faith-first ideology that has propelled the former DC Talk member into one of CCM’s leading voices. TobyMac injects his spirit and devotion in fresh ways—updating his sound with the latest hip-hop, pop, and dance trends. He rekindles his friendship with rapper Aaron Cole to send a message of compassion on “Starts With Me” (the MLK samples are a moving touch). “Everything” and “Edge of My Seat” celebrate the presence of the Savior with sleek dance-pop. And album closer “See the Light” is a joyous invitation to release your burden and raise your hands up, no RSVP required.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Whatever storm you face, TobyMac has a song to help you weather it. The Elements continues the positive faith-first ideology that has propelled the former DC Talk member into one of CCM’s leading voices. TobyMac injects his spirit and devotion in fresh ways—updating his sound with the latest hip-hop, pop, and dance trends. He rekindles his friendship with rapper Aaron Cole to send a message of compassion on “Starts With Me” (the MLK samples are a moving touch). “Everything” and “Edge of My Seat” celebrate the presence of the Savior with sleek dance-pop. And album closer “See the Light” is a joyous invitation to release your burden and raise your hands up, no RSVP required.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
362 Ratings

362 Ratings

MLpreach ,

I like TobyMac, but...

...I wish his lyrics were deeper/more about Jesus being glorified instead of a focus on "I" or "ME."

Many of these songs could be about a human relationship instead of a worship of a magnicifcent Creator.

At this point in my life, I want Jesus to be magnified. Not me. I don't need Joel Osteen in preaching and I certainly don't need Toby to be the Joel Osteen of CCM.

The beats and music itself is modern and could be played on Top 40, which is always a good thing...but again, I want something set apart like we are commanded to be (Romans 12:2, 1 Peter 2:9).

mindthegapmate ,

TobyMac never disappoints!

Toby's latest album is another home run! He continues his blend of uplifting and upbeat. True, he may be venturing beyond his rap roots, but his sound never ages! Just like his previous album, "This is Not a Test," he adds in a variety of new sounds, such as the catchy horns and cool guitar riffs in "Everything" and "Hello Future." He also sticks with the dance pop sound in some songs ("I just need u" and "Edge of My Seat"). The title track, especially, is powerful, beginning with a snowstorm in the background and ending with a prayer. Well done, Toby!

jth112376 ,

Maybe I'm too critical

I 1st wanna say I love Toby Mac. One of my favorite artists of my lifetime. The Elements is a really good piece of work from Toby. Don't get me wrong there's some gems. The beats and melodic back tracks are fresh. But by the standards of TMac it missed the mark for me. Toby sets the bar high for me and so my review might seem critical. Too many of the songs don't change in dynamics and are too repetitive of the same words. Example- "It's You." The song doesn't change. I was waiting for the big crecendo pay off. Never got there on this song and many of the songs. "Edge of my seat" repeats the same lines over and over. "See The Light" is too much like City On A Hill for me. Same pick me up tired song that's overly done in CCM. "Get Back Up" was done many years ago, 2012? Most of the songs stay in that same range. "Scars" is dope and picks up at the end. "Doesn't matter who you are, this world goin' leave some battle scars", great line. Of the tracks released 10-12, I think my faves are, "Starts with me" and "Overflow." "Starts with me" coulda hit that next range in Toby's pipes and taken off, but again it just stayed in the same register. Toby can pull off the mellow tracks as well which is what this album mostly was but I needed more energy, more passion, more fire power. "Elements" and "Horizon" gave me a bit of that. What happened to the rock? Examples "Eye On It", "Tonight", "Ignition." What happened to the hip hop? Examples "Changed Forever", "Hey Now", "Like A Match", "Feel It." What happened with the all star colaborations? "Back Seat Driver" "Love Feels Like" The last album "This Is Not A Test" gave me all that. I think this album will wear on me with time. Maybe I am being overly critical. But there isn't a song like "Undeniable" on here which will probably be my favorite of all time. It just goes to that place where no other song has tried to go.

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