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Friday, September 26, 2008

dc Talk - Intermission: The Greatest Hits

Anyone who has been into Christian music for the last ten years will immediately agree that dc talk has been one of the most prominent and successful groups of the '90s. They've sold lots of albums, released several #1 singles, crossed over to mainstream radio, and earned numerous Dove and Grammy awards. They've also done something relatively unheard of in the music business by reinventing themselves with every album (from rap to pop to rock, with everything inbetween) and still maintaining one of the strongest fan bases in Christian music. After an 11-year career, dc talk is certainly worthy of a greatest hits album.

For the most part, Intermission: The Greatest Hitsworks. The album is stuffed with dc talk's biggest hits: "Jesus Freak," "Luv Is a Verb," "Between You and Me," "Colored People," and "In the Light," to name just a few. There are some welcome additions to the collection for the longtime fans as well. Included is a remix of "The Hardway" that is a little lighter and less hip-hop than the original. Also, there's a completely remixed version of "Say the Words" that has a stronger dance-techno feel to it. I also like the inclusion of "My Will" from the Exodus project and the cover of Larry Norman's classic "I Wish We'd All Been Ready," neither of which have appeared on a dc talk album until now.

There are two new songs on Intermission. "Chance" is a relaxed folk/acoustic song about the opportunities to serve and minister to others; it's the brighter, more positive flip side to their previous hit "What If I Stumble" (also included on the album). "Sugar Coat It," a song about letting our light shine, reminded me a little of early Jars of Claywith its mix of acoustic guitars and driving drum patterns. Both new songs are as good as past songs from the group, and fit nicely on the album....

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