Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"For more than two decades, first as a member of dc Talk and later as a solo artist, TobyMac has been bending Christian music to his tastes, which are eclectic, loud and often ham-fisted. So it goes on “Christmas in DiverseCity,” his first holiday album, which in its first half largely mixes crushing, undistinguished electronic rock with some genial rapping, as on “This Christmas (Father of the Fatherless).” Jamie Grace adds an Ingrid Michaelson-like levity to “Mary’s Boy Child,” but Owl City is just dragged along for the astral ride on a robotic “First Noel.” The second half of this album is given over to members of TobyMac’s touring band, DiverseCity, and freed from the need to fulfill the boss’s vision, they show off a range of styles: loose spoken-word funk by Toddiefunk on “Santa’Scomin’Baka’Round,” moody rock on “What Child Is This?” by Arch Nemesiz, and the most pleasant surprise here, the greaser-surfer ska-rock of “It Snowed” by Tim Rosenau." -The New York Times
Recording information: FabMusic, Franklin, TN; Oak Tree Studios, Hendersonville, TN; Simeon Studios, La Vergne, TN; Talkbox Studios, Nashville, TN; The Exam Room, Nashville, TN; The Humble Abode; Tight Lines Studio, Thompson Station, TN.
Photographers: Lee Steffen ; Nick West; Ryan Lampa.
Christmas in DiverseCity is tobyMac doing what he does best, mixing rock, pop, soul, hip-hop, and urban sounds into memorable songs with an edgy but positive spirit, only in this case, they're all Christmas songs, and he brings a fresh vision to old holiday classics like "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Little Drummer Boy," among others. ~ Steve Leggett