TobyMac, "Tonight"

84 Billboard Rating

TobyMac has always delivered sonically inventive and lyrically substantive music that appeals to a wide fan base. On his fourth studio set, "Tonight," he continues to serve up what he calls "musical gumbo-hip-rock, funk and soul." And never has such a fusion been more tasty and satisfying. The anthemic single "City on Our Knees" is already a chart-topping hit with strong digital sales, and the title track is a high-energy number that features the gritty vocals of Skillet frontman John Cooper. "Funky Jesus Music" showcases tobyMac's ability to get a party started and captures the edgy energy that makes his live shows so powerful, as does the rocker "Hey Devil." But "Wonderin' " (featuring Relient K's Matthew Thiessen) is one of the album's most engaging tracks. Elsewhere, "Break Open the Sky," which features noted worship leader Israel Houghton, is a sunny reggae number about Jesus' return. TobyMac never fails to make music that stimulates the mind, nourishes the soul and makes listeners want to dance-all at the same time. -Deborah Evans Price