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Friday, September 26, 2008

dc Talk - Jesus Freak: 10th Anniversary Special Edition

Sounds like … the incomparable meshing of alternative rock, hip-hop, and pop-soul of dc Talk, which is carried on today by solo outings from tobyMac, Kevin Max, and Tait.

At a glance … though it's not all it could be as a commemorative release, Jesus Freak, the album, still sounds as classic and timeless as it first did over 11 years ago.

One need not be a CCM historian to acknowledge the importance of dc Talk and their 1995 breakthrough Jesus Freak in the Christian music canon. The album, the trio's best, is a classic in every sense of the word. It earned the group a Grammy and five Dove Awards, including a Song of the Year statuette for "Jesus Freak." It also scored six No. 1 singles across Christian radio formats; it went gold within a month of its release and went on to sell over two million copies, thanks in part to a dual partnership with secular giant Virgin Records.

But the album's significance transcends facts and figures: besides inspiring hordes of young people with its amalgamation of bold artistry, cutting-edge music, and a through-the-roof hip factor, Jesus Freak would set the stage for myriad faith-based bands after it—in many ways, mainstream Christian rock wouldn't be what it is today were it not for the disc's indisputable influence....

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